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Linkages among research, education, extension, and farmers in the Republic of Cameroon
The purpose of this study was to determine the linkages
that exist among research, extension, education, and farmers
(R-E-E-F) and to propose ways of strengthening these
linkages. To achieve this goal the following specific
objectives provided the basis of this research:
1. To describe the context in which the R-E-E-F linkage
2. To examine the ways that R-E-E-F functions including:
- formal and informal linkages,
- communication strategies,
- feedback mechanisms, and
- diffusion of technical information.
3. To determine how administrators view the research,
technology-transfer, and farmer linkage.
The study was based on Kaimowitz et aI's. (1990)
conceptual framework for studying the links between
agricultural research and technology transfer in developing
countries. This framework looked at "linkage mechanisms"
in terms of the organizational procedures used to maintain
research-technology transfer links and "contextual factors"
i.e., all the factors that affect the use and relevance of