Title: Farmers' Choice
Publisher: Practical Action Publishing
Book Condition: New
Editor(s): Bie Lilleor, Helene; Lund-Sorensen, Ulrik. Num Pages: 168 pages, 12 colour illustrations, 13 colour line drawings. BIC Classification: 1HFGT; TVB. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 252 x 175 x 15. Weight in Grams: 506. . 2013. Hardcover. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9781853397745
Synopsis: Food security is once again an urgent international priority. Agricultural extension methods that relied on imposing centrally-developed technological solutions have been ineffective, since small farmers in developing countries often cultivate marginal lands, working under constraints for which these solutions were not designed.
Since 2006, a flexible agricultural extension approach has been implemented in Northern Tanzania, inspired by the Farmer Field School approach, and offering farmers a basket of technology options from which farmers can choose what serves their needs and resources best. The focus is on extending improved low-cost farming techniques adaptable to local conditions in a pragmatic and flexible process. The interventions are locally known as RIPAT, and they have received financial and technical support from the Rockwool Foundation.
Farmers? Choice outlines the RIPAT intervention, and examines how effective it has been. This evaluation of RIPAT brings together the analyses of economists, agricultural scientists, and anthropologists who studied the impact, implementation, adoption, and spread of the program approaches. They asked: what has been the impact on poverty and food security among participating farmers? How effective has the implementation of the program been? Which elements of the program have been most enthusiastically and enduringly adopted? This book relates the sometimes unexpected outcomes and benefits of the program among the farmers and their children.
Farmers? Choice should be read by all those interested in improving the food security and incomes of poor farmers in the Global South: agricultural scientists, anthropologists, staff of NGOs, researchers and students of development studies.
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