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Farmer First Revisited

Edited By Ian Scoones,John Thompson
ISBN: 9781853396823
This book returns to the debates about farmer participation in agricultural R & D, looks to the future, and calls for a major rethink, boosting of knowledge and capacities of farmers' organizations to innovate, strengthening networks and alliances to support and share lessons on farmer-led innovation.

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  • Synopsis
    Agriculture is an urgent global priority and farmers find themselves in the front line of some of the world's most pressing issues- climate change, globalization and food security. Twenty years ago, the Farmer First workshop held at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK, launched a movement to encourage farmer participation in agricultural research and development (R & D), responding to farmers' needs in complex, diverse, risk-prone environments, and promoting sustainable livelihoods and agriculture. Since that time, methodological, institutional and policy experiments have unfolded around the world. Farmer First Revisited returns to the debates about farmer participation in agricultural R & D and looks to the future.The book presents a range of experiences that highlight the importance of going beyond a focus on the farm to a wider innovation system, including market interactions as well as the wider institutional and policy environment. If, however, farmers are really to be put first, a politics of demand is required in order to shape the direction of these innovative systems.
  • Table of Contents
    Prelims (Foreword - Robert Chambers)
    Part I: Revisiting Farmer First
    Farmer First revisited: innovation for agricultural research and development
    Ian Scoones and John Thompson
    Challenges to strenghtening agricultural innovation systems: where do we go from here?
    Andy Hall
    Fostering Farmer First methodological innovation: organizational learning and change in international agricultural research
    Jacqueline A. Ashby
    Part II: Systems of innovation
    Developing seed systems in Africa
    Jean Claude Rubyogoand Louise Sperling
    Client-oriented breeding and seed supply
    John Witcombe, Krishna Devkota, Daljit Virk, Krishna Rawal, Satish Prasad, Vikas Kumar and Krishna Joshi
    Learning from experience: potato innovation systems and participatory research
    Oscar Ortiz, Ricardo Orrego, Willy Pradel, Peter Gildermacher, Renee Castillo, Ronal Otiniano, Julio Gabriel, Juan Vallejo, Omar Torres,
    Part III: The politics of demand and organizational change
    Part IV: New professionalism, learning and change
    Part V: Looking forward
    Back Matter (Appendix 1: List of participants and contributors, References, Index)
  • Endorsements
    ‘Farmer First Revisited is a powerful testament to the impact of the Farmer First approach. From an almost subversive critical movement that challenged the prevailing linear science-driven paradigm, Farmer First has won broad acceptance by rigorously proving its superior effi ciency in making science work for the poorest and most marginal farmers...’ Joachim Voss, Independent Consultant, formerly Director General, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Cali, Colombia ‘A brilliant account of why we need to continue questioning conventional assumptions about agriculture, and why multiple knowledges and sources of innovation are more important than ever.’ Judi Wakhungu, Executive Director, African Centre for Technology Studies, Nairobi, Kenya and co-chair International Assessment of Agricultural Science, Knowledge and Technology for Development. ‘Farmer First Revisited is a timely publication. I hope that this book will be read and used widely for fostering an evergreen revolution in our farms.’ M.S. Swaminathan, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India ‘Twenty years on and the concept and practice of Farmer First remain powerful and compelling and even more relevant in today’s world.’ Gordon Conway, Chief Scientifi c Adviser, UK Department for International Development and Professor of International Development, Imperial College, London.
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    Editor Ian Scoones,John Thompson
    Number of Pages 369
    Format Paperback / softback
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