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Changing paradigms for farmer-researcher-extensionist relationships: exploring methods and theories of farmer participation in research

Changing paradigms for farmer-researcher-extensionist relationships: exploring methods and theories of farmer participation in research

European journal of agricultural education and extension 3(3): 167-181

It is argued that the transfer-of-technology model of research and development is not sufficient to bring about the most effective relationship between stakeholders in agricultural and environmental matters in Australia. An alternative approach is described and trialed which involves changing the process of extension and research by introducing new thinking and a qualitative methodology called Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA). The paper describes the process of training a multi-disciplinary team to conduct an RRA with irrigated horticulture farmers. Some results of both the RRA survey and an evaluation exercise conducted on the research team's experience and learning outcomes are presented.

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DOI: 10.1080/13892249685300311

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