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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 4 Visualisation as a platform for entry into dialogue with farmers

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 4 Visualisation as a platform for entry into dialogue with farmers Ueli Scheuermeier and Elias T. Ayuk Setting visualisation would create a framework for interaction. In December 1996, we were asked to facilitate a workshop on On-Farm Research for The visualisation had to be with symbols for researchers of the ROCAFREMI-network two reasons. First, most farmers could not read (Réseau Ouest et Centre-Africain de or write. Second, and this proved to be more Recherche sur le Mil) in Ouagadougou, important, we had a complicated language Burkina Faso. The workshop was to be problem in the workshop. Participants were attended by natural scientists working on mixed anglophone, francophone and millet improvement though out West and lusophone, and only four of the 25 participants Central Africa. could speak the local language Moore. Therefore, we formed 4 groups with one The challenge of the workshop was to give Moore-speaker in each group. Each group participants the opportunity to explore new worked with a different group of farmers. ways of interacting with farmers. This was Symbols were used to help the scientists who achieved by having a practical phase in the did not understand Moore to understand the ...

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