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Dossier "RAAKS : multi-stakeholder learning in agricultural innovations systems"

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Abstract: This KIT dossier provides free online access to the full content of the RAAKS Resource Box. RAAKS stands for Rapid Appraisal of Agricultural Knowledge Systems and provides guidance for conducting participatory action-research in a multi-stakeholder context. In the world of development co-operation, many agricultural projects are more than simply technical interventions. It is crucial to recognize when different stakeholders have different views on what actually constitutes the problem. In such a case the problem can only be defined by simultaneously looking for the solution. This requires procedures to structure a process of learning and inquiry, which Checkland (1981) eventually named soft systems methodology. The classical premise that 'if you carefully analyse the problem, you are likely to find the solution' has been reversed to: 'If you don’t collaboratively learn to find the solution, you will never define the problem.' For large, multi-faceted development projects such as 'social learning' approach is increasingly recommended to achieve effectiveness and sustainability.
Corporate author(s): ILS - Department of Information & Library Services
Category: General
Keywords: agriculture , capacity building , innovation , knowledge management , sustainable development
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
PAGE: [20]
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: Royal Tropical Institute. Department of Information & Library Services
Year: 2012
Right: © 2012 KIT
Subject: Agriculture and Rural Development
Title: Dossier "RAAKS : multi-stakeholder learning in agricultural innovations systems"