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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 4 Farmers as analysts and facilitators in Participatory Rural Appraisal & Planning

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 4 Farmers as analysts and facilitators in Participatory Rural Appraisal & Planning Parmesh Shah, Girish Bharadwaj and Ranjit Ambastha Farmers as analysts A number of steps are important participatory technology generation. These comprise: In most development farmers are informants or at best data collectors. They do not · farmers are asked to do observation participate in analysing data and taking exercises for various technologies being decisions based on the analysis. This process tried out by farmers in different zones of looses the use of inherent analytical capacity the village and are asked to make sketches of the farmers. The resultant development of the innovations. Farmers are good at process although may lead to tangible making such sketches and showing line development results in the short run does not diagrams of the techniques tried out by the lead to a sustained innovation by the local farmers. Such drawings are then collected villagers and also does not lead to institution by the extension volunteers and presented building at the village level. This does not lead to other farmers encouraging further to building of an enabling environment in discussion; which innovations are encouraged from local people. · ...

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