The paper examines rural people's knowledge (RPK) with regard to soil and water conservation and related practices in India. Major constraints to the incorporation of RPK into rural development and extension programmes are reviewed, and the track records of existing water and soil conservation programmes analysed. Elements of an approach which could be used to institutionalize RPK into conventional development and extension programmes are outlined, and illustrated by a case study of the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, working in India. Based on this approach a strategy for institionalizing RPK as a part of the research, extension and development programme is suggested. Finally, sound policy and functional implications are highlighted.
Agriculturalists and researchers; practitioners and fieldworkers; and those working at the community and project level.
Rural People's Knowledge, Agricultural Research and Extension Practice - Asia Papers.
IIED Sustainable Agriculture Programme