Farmer participation in research
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CTA. 1989. Farmer participation in research. Spore 21. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Farrington J and A Mann 1988 Farmer Participation in Agricultural Research: a review ot concepts and practices. O.D.I. 80pp UKL4 95 ISBN 085003 115X Available from: Overseas Development Institute Regents College Inner Circle Regents Park
Involving farmers in research is important in order to ensure that the research is appropriate to their conditions. There are many instances where farmers' evaluations have provided researchers with new insights. In 'Farmer Participation in Agricultural Research John Farrington and Adrienne Mann assess the conceptual framework underlying four different approaches to farmer-participatory research (FPR). The book includes an examination of the role of indigenous technical knowledge and a number of useful case studies which review field experience with FPR. Unfortunately, some of the jargon used in the book will make it difficult to follow for a newcomer to the subject, but there is an extensive bibliography of sources of further information. The book concludes that understanding the conditions in which resource-poor farmers operate, and the many criteria by which they assess new technology, is critical to the technology development process. This is why the promotion of FPR is so important. Farrington J and A Mann 1988 Farmer Participation in Agricultural Research: a review ot concepts and practices. O.D.I. 80pp UKL4 95 ISBN 085003 115X Available from: Overseas Development Institute Regents College Inner Circle Regents Park London NW1 4NS UK