Experiences with Farming Systems Research in Africa: A Review of 15 Years of DGIS Funded FSR in Benin, Mali, Tanzania and Zambia
Atelier de Formation de Formateurs sur la Méthode Active de Recherche et de Planification Participative (MARP)
Managing soil fertility in the tropics: a resource guide for participatory learning and action research
This Resource Guide is based on extensive work done in several African countries. It is intended to provide user-friendly ways to gather, manage and analyse information and data by applying participatory learning and action research, and to suggest ways to use this knowledge to develop strategies for integrated soil fertility management. It can best be seen as a toolkit.
This network paper from the Rural Development Forestry Network presents two papers. The first paper ôDesigning participatory strategies for forest projects in West Africa: two case studies from Beninö, examines different approaches to achieving effective participation by local people, by contrasting two successful forestry projects in Benin.
Monitoring and assessing the impact of participatory research for technology development on soil fertility management in southern Benin.
In response to the failure of over fifteeen years research into soil fertility improvement in the south of Benin, whereby farmers were only involved only at the end of the research process, this document reports on a new more participatory research project started in 1994. The research process began with a topical PRA on soils and cropping systems, followed by a discussion with farmers of a range of potential agronomic principles already tried out elsewhere. Each year farmers tried those they were interested in to compare with ther own traditional practices.
Formation des formateurs du reseau AFNETA a la recherche participative : rapport de l'atelier de formateurs Ó la Méthode Active de Recherche et de Planification Participatives (M.A.R.P).
Two RRAs were carried out by interdisciplinary teams over a period of five weeks in two areas of Benin where malnutrition was considered a problem "this mixture proved effective, permitting not only a comprehensive analysis of the problem, but also comprehensive remedial action". Chapter 1 describes RRA techniques in nutrition and health, Chapter 2 is focused on the methodology employed, Chapter 3 discusses the findings, Chapter 4 compares the RRA results with those obtained from three quantitative studies.