Participatory impact monitoring of a soil and water conservation programme by farmers, extension volunteers and AKRSP

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The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme supports soil and water conservation work on private land, a priority identified by villagers, as part of a watershed management project. Villagers suggested that monitoring should look at: erosion controlled; land reclaimed; moisture retention in soil (as inferred from crop growth); and productivity and income generation. The article goes through the process of participatory impact monitoring, illustrated by real results. The benefits of such monitoring are listed, most of them related to increased farmer understanding of processes and control over further experimentation.

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This article may be of interest to fieldworkers and practitioners looking for alternative ways of monitoring.
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RRA Notes
13 (August)
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