People, Land and Water: Participatory Development by Guy Bessette

By Guy Bessette

In ordinary source administration study, most sensible perform implies the participation of neighborhood participants, study or improvement groups and different stakeholders to together determine learn and improvement parameters and give a contribution to choice making. preferably, the study or improvement approach itself generates a scenario of empowerment within which individuals rework their imaginative and prescient and develop into capable of take potent motion. Used more and more generally in source administration, this procedure is named Participatory improvement conversation (PDC). This e-book offers conceptual and methodological matters on the topic of using PDC to facilitate participation among stakeholders in quite a few traditional source administration projects. each one bankruptcy provides in-depth stories from Asia and Africa to spotlight other ways within which this approach could be accomplished. The e-book describes the main matters occupied with utilizing PDC to traditional source administration practices and study, discusses the demanding situations and the problems associated with such an method and provides insights and classes from study and adventure within the box.

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The chapter describes the constraints and lessons learned in the course of this initiative. Among the challenges encountered, the authors mention that the lack of operational budgets makes it difficult for the newly trained communication team to apply their new skills. Similar trends have also been observed in other capacity-building initiatives. We need to address this situation as part of capacity-building efforts and to examine how the latter can be better integrated within the operational plans of targeted institutions.

Supervision and backstopping activities were also provided to farmer leaders, who agreed to share the information with other farmers after they had acquired enough experience. Farmer-to-farmer communication was encouraged and supported. Indeed, it was found to be a more efficient way of raising farmers’ interest than the methods that researchers or extension workers used to employ. The experience also raised public and private interest in supporting economic activities, such as sheep rearing, in the district.

Sheep rearing was encouraged. The researchers established links between university researchers, local government officials, extension services, village governments and local farm communities. Communication materials such as slide shows, posters and a comic book were developed and tested with farmers and extension workers. Different topics were developed for different audiences. For example, presentations on the potential of raising sheep were prepared for local policy-makers and decision-makers, and aspects of sheep production and rural family budgets were covered in productions for extension workers and farmers.

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