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.
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