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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 Editorial

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 Editorial This third issue of RRA Notes is concerned with methodologies conducted in a number of different countries and at several different stages of the development process. The first piece illustrates very well the value of ranking techniques in understanding the complexity and importance of browse as a forage resource. Indeed the study threw up some surprising and unexpected results; it also appears that the later stages of the ranking and analysis did not add significantly to the findings generated very early on. It is also interesting that the chemical analyses, taking about one year, were apparently unnecessary - the pastoralists knew best. The second piece is a reanalysis of a repertory grid analysis used by the author in Papua New Guinea - there is of course much to be gained from this kind of disciplinary cross-over and careful evaluation of methodology. In the third piece the use of Sustainability Analysis in Thailand is described within the context of institutionalising RRA tools and techniques, and it appears to be successful at creating consensus within a multidisciplinary and multisectoral workshop - it is not threatening, it is inexpensive and effective. The final section concerns the ...

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