Farmers as Partners in Agricultural Research and Development
Drawing from case studies of crop-livestock farming systems in West Africa, India, Australia and Wisconsin, Professor Emeritus Powell will highlight:
WHY agricultural R & D projects need to incorporate farmers’ goals, capabilities, and aspirations.
HOW integrated soil, crop, animal and social sciences enhance project outcomes — hence sustainability and productivity of farming systems.
IMPACTS of resource endowment and use, plus farmer decision making processes — including indigenous knowledge, gender roles and other community and household issues— on agricultural production and environmental outcomes.