A preliminary classification is presented as a working document for development agents on the agricultural extension staff. The research work for this classification is based on interviews conducted by F.T.C. staff with the assistance of other agents from 1981 to 1984. An attempt is made to place farmers in homogenous groups to allow more relevant interventions to be proposed for each group. This is hypothesized to increase the chances for adoption of new ideas and practices. Other applications include (1) identifying target groups for training and for work elements; and (2) identifying relevant interest groups of farmers. The classification, subject to refinement, includes five main elements: (1) "Petit Planteur"; (2) the progressive farmer; (3) diversified farmers (3 categories); (4) part-time farmers; and (5) limited agricultural income farmers (four sub-categories).


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