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296of adoption, development of mechanisms of advice and support to farmers, the development of rational management models of farms, form the basis of research coordination.In every scientific coordination, research activities are carried out within the framework of the imple- mentation of a scientific program on priority main lines. The main lines are defined from the real needs of users following a participatory diagno- sis, but also challenges and guidelines set by the Cameroon Government as it appears in the sec- toral development strategies (DSRP, DSCE).INNOVATIONS HAVE TO BEAR FRUITSThe Valuation and Innovation Department (VID), under the authority of a Director appointed by the Board of Directors, is responsible for techno- logical innovations development, promotion, dis- tribution and marketing of the results and pro- ducts of research, strengthening of the ties with all the actors of rural development, implementa- tion and monitoring of production units, produc- tion and dissemination of improved plant and animals products. The valuation of research results is through the provision unto the users of technological packages that meet their needs (seed fields and nurseries to produce basic improved planting material, collection, proces- sing and dissemination of scientific and techno- logical information through factsheets, publica- tions, groups training and supervision of trainees from various National Universities).Several scientific results were carried through successfullyORGANIZATIONOF RESEARCH AND AVAILABLE RESOURCESWithin the SCAC, Coordination activities are grouped in various research programmes: Roots, Tubers, Plantains and Bananas, Cereals, Legumes and Vegetable Crops and Annual Industrial Crops. All these programmes are car- rying out research across the country, in the fields of agronomy, genetic improvement, plant protec- tion, food technology and production systems.As for the SCPC, we have four research pro- grammes including Fruits, Stimulating Plants (Coffee and Cocoa), Oil Plants (oil palm) and Latex-producing Plants (Rubber). The SCPC has eight laboratories, of which four for the Stimulating Plants Program (Phytopathology, Entomology, Technology and Regional Laboratory of Biological Control), three for the Latex-producing Plants Program (Agronomy and Agro-physiology, Phytopathology, Rubber Technology) and one for the Oil Plants Program (Biochemistry). Other activi- ties of the coordination are part of international net- works projects or are based on topics having sub- regional and international interest.The SCFSE works through three research pro- grammes: Forest and Wood, Soil-Water- Atmosphere, and Biodiversity; some natural laboratories, three reference laboratories, a unit of cartography-remote sensing and geos- patial data processing and an international reference herbarium.LES ATOUTS ECONOMIQUES DU CAMEROUN

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