Participatory technology development
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CTA. 1992. Participatory technology development. Spore 38. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Wheat research in Ethiopia: a historical perspective edited by Hailu Gebre-Mariam, Douglas Tanner and Mengistu Hulluka 1991 392pp ISBN 968 6127 57 7 pbk Published by the Institute of Agricultural Research PO Box 2003, Addis Ababa ETHIOPIA Wh
Experimenting is as much a part of farming as planting seeds and tilling the soil. And yet, in many cases, development agencies have encouraged farmers simply to adopt new technology developed by others. Problems then arise when introduced technology fails significantly to improve low exernal input farming systems. Researchers have found that when it comes to developing appropriate technologies for rain-fed farming under difficult conditions, the smallholders are often way ahead. Joining farmers' experiments is a collection of reports from both researchers and field workers, who have supported the efforts of farmers in diverse and risk prone areas, whilst helping experimenting farmers to link up and learn from each other. The range of experiences of various NGO development projects, together with national and international research centres in Africa, Asia and Latin America, will benefit others who seek appropriate ways of supporting farmer experimentation in their own areas. This book contributes to the process of collaboration between local people and outsiders, in exploring the paths to sustainable development. It was written primarily for those who work with small-scale farmers in technology development, and for their respective agencies. The case studies can be used for training in NCOs, government agencies, agricultural colleges and universities. The book includes a bibliography of recent publications about participatory technology development and is the first m a planned series of 'ILEIA Readings in Sustainable Agriculture . Joining farmers' experiments edited by Bertus Haverkort, Johan van der Kamp and Ann Waters-Bayer 1991 269pp UKL9.95 ISBN 1 85399101 8 Intermediate Technology 103/105 Southampton Row London WC1B 4HH, UK