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Tapping the energy of farmers' creativity : supporting farmer-led joint research

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Abstract: Small-scale farmers worldwide are persistent innovators, in their efforts to adapt to changing conditions and to survive. Many scientists and development workers – in their zeal to instruct farmers – overlook this local creativity and source of energy for change. One way to tap this energy is to identify innovations developed by farmers and then explore them jointly: farmers, formal researchers and development agents. In this way, local and scientific knowledge can be blended to develop locally appropriate solutions. This approach, referred to here as “farmer-led joint research”, is being used by several organisations working with smallholders in various countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Note: This brief is based on the booklet Farmer-led joint research : experiences of Prolinnova partners / edited by C. Wettasinha and A. Waters-Bayer. - Silang : International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), 2010
Series Title: Policy Brief
Corporate author(s): Prolinnova International Secretariat
Category: Policy
Serial number: November
Keywords: agriculture , innovation , research
Language: eng
Organization: ETC Foundation
PAGE: [2]
Place: Leusden
Publisher: ETC Foundation
Year: 2010
Region: Africa , Asia , Latin America
Right: © 2010 ETC Foundation
Subject: Agriculture and Rural Development
Title: Tapping the energy of farmers' creativity : supporting farmer-led joint research