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a# Number of persons ranking this response as one of the five most important.

bS Weighted priority score, with each member allowed to rank five topics, giving five points to the most important and one to the least. c* This topic not identified by any member of the group.

a# Number of persons ranking this response as one of the five most important.

bS Weighted priority score, with each member allowed to rank five topics, giving five points to the most important and one to the least. c* This topic not identified by any member of the group.

We took several steps to help insure the success of this discussion process. First, a book of abstracts of papers presented during the conference was provided to all participants. Second, all the participants had an understanding of the broad topics for discussion since it took place after all the papers were presented. Thus, all of the participants had a written summary of the thoughts of their fellow participants to which they could refer during the meeting. Third, the rationale and method used in Nominal Group discussions was explained to all participants, and a mock practice session preceded the smaller group discussions. Finally, the members of the groups were mixed in terms of their country of origin, their scientific background, and their area of interest. We prepared five questions that were used to focus the discussion within the nominal groups, with results of the discussion of four of these questions included here.

Table 3. Nominal group responses by four groups to the statement, "Identify institutional innovations needed for African farmers to produce and market safe food both domestically and internationally."
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