Study on impacts of farmer-led research supported by civil society organizations.
Wettasinha C, Waters-Bayer A, van Veldhuizen L, Quiroga G and Swaans K.
2014. Penang, Malaysia: CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems.
Working Paper: AAS-2014-40. 178pp.
Related PAEPARD blog posts:
a) 23/09/2014 Tropentag 2014 International Conference
b) 28/10/2014 CGIAR WorldFish podcast: Farmer-led innovation key to lasting change
The first output of this initiative is a desk study on impacts of farmer-led research supported by CSOs. Based on 11 case studies from Africa, Asia and Latin America selected from over 100 cases identified through Prolinnova’s various networks and a Web search, the study team assessed the extent to which farmer- or community-managed processes of research and innovation in agriculture and NRM led to improvements in rural livelihoods. It analysed the impact in terms of food security, ecological sustainability, economic empowerment, gender relations, local capacity to innovate and adapt, and influence on “formal” and “informal” ARD institutions. It then drew lessons related to:
- the process of FL-ARD and supporting it;
- sharing and spreading results of FL-ARD;
- scaling out the FL-ARD process;
- scaling up FL-ARD as an approach;
- gender and other equity issues; roles of formal research, advisory services and education;
- roles of CSOs; and
- roles of funding agencies.
The cases suggest profound, self-reinforcing and long-lasting change as a result of FL-ARD that conventional impact evaluation, when done at all, does not pick up. The lessons provide guidance for better integration of “formal” and “informal” research in rural development by smallholder communities.