by which a multi-disciplinary research team, extension workers and groups of farmers jointly conduct research on selected topics based on farmers’ needs, on farmers’ fields. It also documents the process of institutionalizing the approach within the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Systems including universities.
Farmer Research Groups reviews the history of participatory agricultural research, particularly in Ethiopia. It introduces cases of research conducted by FRGs in Ethiopia – both successful and less successful – and describes how issues of research quality, technology dissemination, effectiveness and efficiency are dealt with. Finally, it summarizes the lessons learned and indicates how participatory agricultural research might be applied in sub-Sahara Africa.
This book is essential reading for agricultural researchers, extension workers and agricultural policy makers in government departments, universities, research institutions and NGOs, as well as students and lecturers studying participatory methodologies.
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Part I The need for Farmer Research Groups in Ethiopia
2 Overview of Farmer Research Group-based participatory research in Ethiopia
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3 FRG-based approach implementation processes: guidelines, training and research
Part II Experiences of Farmer Research Groups
4 Engaging farmers in technology evaluation and promotion: Farmer Research Groups on common beans in the Central Rift Valley, Ethiopia
Endeshaw Habte, Kidane Tumsa, Berhanu Amsalu Fenta, and Abiy Tilahun
5 Lowering teff seeding rate using a seed spreader via the participatory approach in South Ethiopia
Fanuel Laekemariam, Gifole Gidago and Wondemeneh Taye
6 Participatory evaluation of selected fish processing and preservation technologies: the case of Lake Tana, Ethiopia
Shewit Gebremedhin, Markos Budusa, Adamu Yimer, Minwyelet Mingist, Dereje Tewabe and Zurihun Nigussie
7 Participatory evaluation of farmer-saved and purified seed for improved agronomic performance: wheat, South eastern Tigray
Alem G/tsadik, Kelali Haftu, Yoshiaki Nishikawa, Ibrahim Fitiwy and Taku Seo
8 Improved dairy production and changing gender roles: experience of smallholder FRGs in Melkassa, Central Rift Valley
9 Farmers’ perceived benefits of FRG-based research: the case of selected FRG-based research activities
Part III Institutionalizing Farmer Research Groups in Ethiopia
10 The participatory approach and FRG: the institutionalization process within the Ethiopian agricultural research system
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11 The challenges of FRG-based research: attitudes, capacity and institutional arrangements
Dawit Alemu, Taku Seo, Terutaka Niide, Shingo Takeda, Kiyoshi Shiratori and Yoshiaki Nishikawa
12 Applying the FRG approach in agricultural extension: lessons from the Farmers Research and Extension Group approach
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Part IV Conclusion
13 Conclusion: Recommendations for strengthening the responsiveness of agricultural research systems
Dawit Alemu, Kiyoshi Shiratori, Taku Seo, and Yoshiaki Nishikawa
Dawit Alemu Dawit Alemu is is a senior researcher and Director of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Gender Research Program at the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research.
Yoshiaki Nishikawa Yoshiaki Nishikawa is s Professor of agricultural and resource economics at Ryukoku University, Japan.
Kiyoshi Shiratori Kiyoshi Shiratori is a Senior consultant of Kaihatsu Management Consulting, Inc.
Taku Seo Taku Seo works for Japan International Cooperation Agency, a governmental technical cooperation