These guidelines present a method for formulating regional research programs with a mixed perspective - one that combines productivity and natural resource manage- ment issues within a regional, decentralized context. Based on earlier work by Collion and Kissi (1994), it has been substantially modified to account for the peculiarities of regional research planning. The method was pilot tested in Benin. It has also been applied in Senegal and Morocco. Part 1 presents the rationale and background of regional research planning. The method for regional research planning is treated in Part 2. Part 3 reviews the overall procedures and poses some questions and issues that should be resolved in the future. It may be of interest to all persons involved in regional research planning. Throughout the document, a series of boxes illustrates the experience of Benin with regional research planning. These boxes aim to provide a clear example of the sequence, organization, and execution of the regional research planning process.
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