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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 1 Analysing communication in participatory appraisal

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 1 Analysing communication in participatory appraisal K. Linzer and R. Kowalski Introduction functions of DTT is to feedback technical constraints in the field and farmer demands for improved technology. This is realised in an This paper analyses part of the communication informal way through permanent contact process in participation by examining a participatory rural appraisal (PRA) that was between CIAT researchers, DTT staff, organised in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The paper extensionists and farmers. It is also achieved in aims to improve the quality of communication a formal way by `sondeos' (a local version of between participants of the regional RRA), and more recently, by PRA. technology transfer system. Participatory appraisal in San Miguel The Santa Cruz Department covers nearly 30% Since 1994, DTT has co-ordinated the use of of the area of Bolivia. Most of the technical PRA in three communities for planning improvements to agriculture in this region research and extension activities. But how well have been developed by `Centro de is PRA working and what are the weaknesses Investigacion Agricola Tropical' (CIAT). This in its current application? One of the first is a semi-governmental institution, created in PRAs was undertaken in San ...

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