Participatory research and development for sustainable agriculture and natural resource management: a sourcebook. Volume 1: understanding participatory research and development

Participatory research and development for sustainable agriculture and natural resource management: a sourcebook. Volume 1: understanding participatory research and development

Toolkit on participatory research and development in agriculture and resource management

This sourcebook promote access to systematised information on field-tested participatory research and development (PR&D) concepts and practices among field practitioners and their organisations.

The book includes the following:

  • emphasis on information applicable to research- and development-oriented activities, complementing existing publications/materials that primarily focus on the use of participatory methods for extension, learning and community mobilisation
  • broad topical coverage of the research and development process. As an introductory guide on PR&D, it provides general orientation to various phases or types of activities that are specifically covered by existing method- and/or tool-specific publications
  • focus on the application of PR&D within the framework of conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. It consists of papers that share field experiences associated with natural resources being used in agriculture and rural livelihoods and/or agriculture and rural livelihoods that consciously maintain long-term productivity of the resource base
  • an integrated socio-technical perspective that takes into account both the social/human and technological dimensions of innovation required for natural resource management, sustainable agriculture and rural livelihoods
  • cross-cutting perspective of PR&D applications, encompassing various types of natural resources, agricultural activities and rural livelihoods; this comparative mode of presenting information complements existing publications that are specific to sub-categories of PR&D applications
  • conscious effort to seek out papers dealing with lesser known projects/organisations in developing countries, especially PR&D experiences that have not been (widely) published.

The primary target users of the sourcebook are field-based research practitioners in developing countries, involved in research activities dealing with interrelated issues in natural resource management, agriculture and rural livelihoods, seeking to learn and apply PR&D in their respective programs and organisations.

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