Millar, D.

The Relevance of Rural People's Knowledge for Re-Orienting Extension, Research and Training: a Case Study From Northern Ghana

It focuses on rural people's knowledge in terms of small farmer experimentation in cereal and tubers in Northern Ghana. An alternative paradigm is proposed for farmer analysis and action which departs from existing strategies by proposing an integration of research, extension and farmer sub-systems. It also emphazises a dialogical process in which farmer-led discussions dictate the pace of experimentation and influence the outcomes considerably. The resultant 'tool box' evolved by all actors, makes it more appropriate and sustainable for local situations.