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Farmer foresight: an experiment in South India (PLA 40)

The Farmer Foresight project was an attempt to apply methods of participative technology assessment in the South, building on the Citizen Foresight methodology already developed in the UK. The climax of the project was a citizens' jury, which took place on a farm in B G Kere in the state of Karnataka, India, between the 6th and 10th March 2000. B G Kere is a small village in a dryland area of the Chitradurga District. It is 230km north of Bangalore, the state capital, and contains a high proportion of marginal farmers and landless people.

This article was published in PLA 40: Deliberative Democracy and Citizen Empowerment (February 2001). Participatory Learning and Action (PLA, formerly PLA Notes) is the world's leading series on participatory learning and action approaches and methods. PLA publishes articles on participation aimed at practitioners, researchers, academics, students and activists. All articles are peer-reviewed by an international editorial board.

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