Beyond 'farmer first'
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CTA. 1995. Beyond 'farmer first'. Spore 57. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Beyond farmer first: rural people's knowledge, agricultural research and extension practice edited by lan Scoones and John Thompson 1994 301pp ISBN 85339 250 2 published by IT Publications Ltd, 103-105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HH, UK Available
In 1987, fifty natural and social scientists met for five days at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK, for a workshop entitled Farmers and Agricultural Research: Complementary Methods. This brought together professionals who had been working in collaboration with farmers on research into farming methods. They shared their ideas and methods and evaluated the means by which they should go forward from that point. The particular focus was on resource-poor farmers and their systems, upon whom a large proportion of the rural population depend. The papers and discussions from this workshop were edited and presented in the book Farmer first: farmer innovation and agricultural research (Chambers, Pacey and Thrupp). In October 1992 a follow-up workshop was held with the objective of examining how far agricultural research and extension practice had come since the first conference. Beyond farmer first contains an edited selection of the case studies and discussion papers prepared for their workshop. The book is divided into three main parts, following the pattern of the workshop. After the foreword by Robert Chambers, the co-author of the first book, Part 1 deals with theoretical reflections on knowledge, and power and practice, which is followed by a detailed discussion of methodological innovations, applications and challenges in Part II. The book concludes with an examination of processes for transforming institutions and changing policies (Part Ill). The book shows that since the time of Farmer first there has been a significant shift of emphasis and a radical rethinking of participatory approaches to farming systems, and in the application of both indigenous and western science-based technological knowledge. Beyond farmer first: rural people's knowledge, agricultural research and extension practice edited by lan Scoones and John Thompson 1994 301pp ISBN 85339 250 2 published by IT Publications Ltd, 103-105 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4HH, UK Available from CTA, who provided support for both the workshop and the publication of the book.