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Farmer Innovation in Africa

Chris Reij A. Waters-Bayer
Price: $ 35

Based on fieldwork and involving farmers, extension workers and researchers, this is an edited volume of studies of how farmers successfully experiment and innovate to increase productivity, often in adverse and resource-poor conditions. It covers a wide range of countries and varieties of farming and shows how successful and motivating an approach that builds on farmer innovation can be. It confirms the resourcefulness of the farmers themselves and provides an alternative to the conventional "transfer of technology" development paradigm - one that recognizes the farmers themselves as the major resource.

Chris Reij is a Fellow of the International Cooperation Centre of the Free University of Amsterdam. A. Waters-Bayer is a consultant with the development agency ETC.


Pt I: Farmer Innovation and Remarkable Innovators; Pt II: Building Partnerships for Innovation in Land Husbandry; Pt III: Farmer Innovation: Process, Evidence & Analysis; Pt IV: Evaluation and Extension of Local Innovations; Pt V: Raising Awareness and Mainstreaming; Conclusion; Bibliography, Index

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