Implementing socially responsive forestry extension programmes: Towards a model
Following a literature review which pays particular attention to southern African references, a socially responsive forestry extension model is outlined. It is contended that the initial establishment of sustainable extension programmes rest upon the nature of the relations between the central-level office, the extensionist and the community. Whilst acting as central-level office representatives, extensionists also form the liaising link with the community. Their relations with the community form the essence of successfully implementing any community directed forestry policy. Circular processes of feedback evolving over time to more differentiated levels of understanding amongst all the role players are highlighted.
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