Beyond Farmer First - Rural People's Knowledge, Agricultural Research and Extension Practice: Towards a Theoretical Framework.

Publication year: 
1993

Examines the Farmer First paradigm in the light of recent research into questions concerning the social construction of knowledge and power relations. It draws on a large and diverse body of literature from ecology, geography, anthropoplogy, sociology and other disciplines. The literature examined falls into three broad areas: (1) the nature of rural people's knowledge; (2) the interactions of actors; and (3) the institutional context. The paper contains sections on the following: contrasting representations of rural people's knowledge; power and knowledge - the theoretical setting; the social construction of knowledge; local knowledge construction; the transmission of knowledge; people's knowledge and agricultural science; methdological challenges; and finally, exploring encounter - actors and institutions.

Interest groups: 
Researchers, fieldworkers, agriculturalists and those working at the project and the community level, as well as policy makers and planners.
Source publication information
Volume: 
Vol. 1 (No. 1)
Pages: 
pp. 1-20
In: 
Rural People's Knowledge, Agricultural Research and Extension Practice
Publisher
IIED Sustainable Agriculture Programme
London
Publisher reference: 
IIED Sustainable Agriculture Programme