Farmer Innovation in Africa: A Source of Inspiration for Agricultural Development [NOOK Book]

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One of Africa's major untapped resources is the creativity of its farmers. This book presents a series of clear and detailed studies that demonstrate how small-scale farmers, both men and women, experiment and innovate in order to improve their livelihoods, despite the adverse conditions and lack of appropriate external support with which they have to contend.

The studies are based on fieldwork in a wide variety of farming systems throughout ...
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Farmer Innovation in Africa: A Source of Inspiration for Agricultural Development

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Overview

One of Africa's major untapped resources is the creativity of its farmers. This book presents a series of clear and detailed studies that demonstrate how small-scale farmers, both men and women, experiment and innovate in order to improve their livelihoods, despite the adverse conditions and lack of appropriate external support with which they have to contend.

The studies are based on fieldwork in a wide variety of farming systems throughout Africa, and have been written primarily by African researchers and extension specialists. Numerous lively examples show how a participatory approach to agricultural research and development that builds on local knowledge and innovation can stimulate the creativity of all involved - not only the farmers. This approach, which recognizes the farmers' capacity to innovate as the crucial component of success, provides a much-needed alternative to the conventional 'transfer of technology' paradigm.

This book is a rich source of case studies and analyses of how agricultural research and development policy can be changed. It presents evidence of the resilience and resolution of rural communities in Africa and will be an inspiration for development workers, researchers and policy-makers, as well as for students and teachers of agriculture, environment and sustainable development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134205059
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/10/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

A. Waters-Bayer is a consultant with the development agency ETC.

Chris Reij is a Fellow of the International Cooperation Centre of the Free University of Amsterdam.

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Table of Contents

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
List of Tables, Figures, Boxes, Plates and Maps
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Pt. 1 Introducing the farmer innovation approach and some remarkable innovators
1 Entering research and development in land husbandry through farmer innovation 3
2 The career and influence of Barthelemy Kameni Djambou in Cameroon 23
3 Ayelech Fikre: an outstanding women farmer in Amhara Region, Ethiopia 28
4 Pits for trees: how farmers in semi-arid Burkina Faso increase and diversify plant biomass 35
Pt. 2 Building partnerships for innovation in land husbandry
5 Forging partnership between farmers, extension and research in Tanzania 49
6 Joining forces to discover and celebrate local innovation in land husbandry in Tigray, Ethiopia 58
Pt. 3 Farmer innovation: process, evidence and analysis
7 An initial analysis of farmer innovators and their innovations 77
8 Why do farmers innovate and why don't they innovate more? Insights from a study in East Africa 92
9 Chain of innovations by farmers in Cameroon 104
10 Women and innovation: experiences from Promoting Farmer Innovation in East Africa 110
11 Innovators in land husbandry in arid areas of Tunisia 122
12 Women's innovations in rural livelihood systems in arid areas of Tunisia 132
13 Nemwaya Sawadogo: the ecologist of Touroum, Burkina Faso 137
14 Outwitters of water: outstanding Irob innovation in northern Ethiopia 144
15 A challenge and an opportunity: innovation by women farmers in Tigray 155
Pt. 4 Farmers' evaluation and extension of local innovations
16 Community assessment of local innovators in northern Ethiopia 171
17 Stimulating creativity among East African farmers: from isolated individuals to interactive groups 178
18 Facilitating farmer-to-farmer communication about innovation in Tigray 185
19 Innovation and impact: a preliminary assessment in Kabale, Uganda 198
20 Three models of extension by farmer innovators in Burkina Faso 213
Pt. 5 Stimulating and supporting joint experimentation
21 Participatory Technology Development on soil fertility improvement in Cameroon 221
22 Farmer-led experimentation in the drylands of Central Tigray 234
23 Farmer innovation and plant breeding: the case of maize K525 created by Emmanuel Kamgouo of Bandjoun, West Cameroon 248
24 Joint analysis of the sustainability of a local SWC technique in Burkina Faso 256
25 Sowing maize in pits: farmer innovation in southern Tanzania 267
Pt. 6 Raising awareness, policy lobbying and mainstreaming
26 Understanding and influencing policy processes for SWC 281
27 A bridge between local innovation, development and research: the regional radio of Gafsa, Tunisia 293
28 Mainstreaming participatory approaches to SWC in Zimbabwe 300
29 Liberating local creativity: building on the 'best farming practices' extension approach from Tigray's struggle for liberation 310
30 Impact of the farmer innovation approach on the attitudes of stakeholders in agricultural development in Tunisia 325
31 Learning for sustainability: incorporating participatory approaches into education for rural development in Ethiopia and Tanzania 331
32 An encouraging beginning 347
Index 355
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