African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6578


The potential and limitations of farmer participatory research in organic agriculture: A review

Carlo Ponzio, Ramesh Gangatharan and Davide Neri*
Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari ed Ambientali. Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona, Italy.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 13 August 2013
  •  Published: 22 August 2013


Farmer participatory research (FPR) emerged in response to limitations of top-down Research and Development (R&D) approaches. The main purpose of this paper is to inspire and guide aspiring and new practitioners of participatory research and development (PR&D) to learn, reflect and constantly refine the way they work. The primary target users are field-based researchers involved in activities dealing with the interrelated issues of natural resource management, agriculture and rural livelihoods. They may have technical or social science backgrounds but share a common interest in drawing on the PR&D knowledge base. The paper is intended to enhance access to systematized information on field-tested PR&D concepts and practices among field practitioners and their organizations. This paper offers a conceptual model for participatory research projects that aim to improve the sustainability of organic agriculture.


Key words: Farmer participatory research, appropriate technology, agricultural research, on farm research, sustainability.