How can research and development help upland farmers to improve their farming system? Experiences in participatory technology development

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The vast amount of marginal sloppy land available in Nepal is greatest challenge for research and development interventions. These areas are typically remote in access, marginal in agricultural production, lack cash generating opportunities. Soil erosion and land degradations have been a serious concern. In last few years, various technologies found to be effective in conserving soil and water, enhancing soil fertility and increasing crop production. However, inadequate consideration of farmers’ local knowledge and resources, and poor participation of farmers in the research process resulted in low adoption of such technologies. As a result researchers are now given priorities to the farmers in the whole process of the technology generation.
Year: 2006
Language: English
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