Improving the acceptability to farmers of soil conservation practices
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Ashby, Jacqueline Anne; Beltrán Giraldo, Jorge Alonso; Guerrero, María del Pilar; Ramos P., Héctor Fabio. 1994. Improving the acceptability to farmers of soil conservation practices. Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), Hillsides AgroEcosystem Program, Cali, CO. 12 p.
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Non-adoption of soil conservation practices by farmers in low-income countries is a major obstacle to reversing soil degradation. Farmer participation in designing these practices is required to improve adoption. This study tested participatory methods which dramatically increased adoption among 115 participating farmers over the first year and stimulated farmer-to-farmer recommendations leading to adoption by an even larger number or farmers. Participatory evaluations were shown to predict future acceptability of optional practices to farmers. When participatory research methods are used to elicit farmers input into the design of recommendations these can help to realise the potential of many hitherto unadopted conservation practices.
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