A group of three Kenya based CCRP projects—FRN NGO, MLP, and AE Hub—have a keen interest in helping farmers to improve soil health, using knowledge-based and dialogue oriented approaches. The group is working with 347 Kenyan farmers affiliated with 8 NGOs. Farmers who belong to the FRN all struggle with the parasitic weed striga, which […]
Source: Beth Medvecky, AE Hub; The McKnight Foundation Collaborative Crop Research Program; Evans Odhiambo and Lilian Night; David Stern; FRN members
A presentation made to the FRN working group on exploring FRN as a way to identify and improve on-farm seed management practices in Ecuador. Sharing about an experience with 3 FRN groups researching potato seed issues.
A presentation made to the FRN working group on participatory research with quinoa farmers on the Bolivian altiplano. Read about the process of identifying a research question, designing the experiments, and recording and analyzing data with farmers.
A presentation made to the FRN working group on supporting the female farming system in Burkina Faso by moving towards agroecological methods and creating a (women’s) Bambara nut producers’ federation. It looks at institutionalizing farmer-researcher cooperation to increase research relevance and positive impacts for female farmers.
A presentation made to the FRN working group by David Ojuu on his visit to India. Read David Ojuu’s account from his time in India. Sites visited included: Amrita Bhoomischool in Karnataka state on Zero Budget Natural Farming Fireflies intercultural center-Sharing by Agroecology actors funded by AEF Field visits to Ecology school,and farmers on Zero […]
A presentation made to the FRN working group about scientists’ and farmers’ assessments of soil health. It is widely acknowledged that farmers understand much about their soils. This ‘local soil knowledge’ ( LSK ) is often expressed in terms different from scientists’ soil knowledge ( SSK). Soil knowledge can be distinguished in 3 areas; this […]
Fonio (Digitaria exilis) is a traditional cereal in West Africa, grown by women and men smallholder farmers, either as food crop to reduce impacts of the hungry period, to diversify their own diets, or to sell as cash crop. In addition to its role in food security in many areas of Mali, Burkina Faso, and […]
Herramienta para el registro agroclimático por agricultores A presentation made to the FRN working group on the “Pachagrama”. This is a tool developed in the Bolivian altiplano for farmers to record agro-climatic information to develop local weather forecasts.
A presentation made to the FRN working group sharing lessons about mobilizing local knowledge in support of agroecological intensification. Read seven key insights from an FRN in Burkina Faso about mobilizing local knowledge in the support of agroecological intensification
A presentation made to the FRN working group about community-based phytosanitation to control cassava virus diseases in Uganda. The presentation examines increasing cassava productivity and incomes of fellow smallholder farmers in Teso sub-region through sustainable and inclusive access to improved farmer preferred virus cassavaseed.
Farmer Research Network (FRN) through a Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach for the Agroecology Transition (AT) in Chuquisaca –Bolivia. A presentation made to the FRN working group on a participatory action research process carried out in Bolivia with groups of farmers.
A presentation made to the FRN working group about research on the social and ecological drivers of potato seed degeneration and farmer-researcher sharing of good management practices in three highland communities in Ecuador. Research that asked the questions: What are the social and ecological drivers altering potato seed degeneration rates? What on-farm management practices are […]
Building Knowledge together: Designing farm level experimentation with multiple actors learning from multi-environments. A presentation made to the FRN working group on facilitating social learning through FRNs, based on research done in the Best Bets FRN in Malawi.