How Smartphones Can Enhance Farmer Research Network (FRN) Learning

Published on:

November 17, 2020

Community of Practice:

East & Southern Africa, Farmer research network (FRN)

Three Kenya-based CCRP projects— FRN-NGO, Mulitpurpose Legumes, and Agroecology Hub—recently conducted an action-research study to ask how smartphones can enhance social learning in farmer research networks. The projects share a keen interest in helping farmers improve soil health using knowledge-based, dialogue-oriented approaches. Working with 347 Kenyan farmers affiliated with eight NGOs, they provided smartphones to 64 small clusters of neighboring farmers participating in a soil health FRN.

The farmers used the phones to document and share research and own-farm experiences, expressing the most excitement about the video content the phones allowed them to access. Read more about the study here.