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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 7 Topical surveys as a tool for a more dynamic farmer extension worker relationship

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 7 Topical surveys as a tool for a more dynamic farmer extension worker relationship Antony C van der Loo Introduction A program of topical surveys Most of the papers on Farming Systems The workshop concentrated on the simple truth Research and Extension (FSR(E)) principles that `one has to understand a situation before and methods stress the importance of high quality human resources: a multi-disciplinary one can intervene in it', without denying that team of university degree scholars with the consequences of a (careful) intervention extensive experience in the subject matter. can also contribute greatly to our What if they are not at hand? Should the idea understanding of a situation. This meant that, of FSR(E) be dropped altogether or can one although extension workers (EWs), and their introduce some useful FSR(E) principles and supervisors were encouraged to investigate methods into the working schedule of any farmers' reality, the whole process was very extension field worker and support him/her in much oriented towards action. this process? The methodology sought to disturb the Looking at it from another angle: can one existing working patterns of EWs as little as expect to integrate FSR(E) results in the ...

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