This paper describes the development of a project to integrate trees and shrubs in the agricultural system of an area in Zimbabwe in order to conserve fertile soils. A preliminary survey and a seminar involving farmers and extension staff identified the choice of new activities and technologies. Look and Learn visits to research centres and other projects enabled farmers' representatives to share information with farmers who selected the activities. Tree nursery groups, which emerged from savings clubs, organise farmers and organise visits to demonstration sites, and share experiences. The organisation and management of these groups are described and the impact and assessment of activities are discussed.
COOPIBO Seminar on Participatory Extension Methods and Sustainable Agriculture