African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6859

Full Length Research Paper

Participatory technology development for improving animal-technical service system in Gongshan County, Northwest Yunnan Province, China

Shicai Shen1*, Rajendra Prasad Shrestha2 and Jie Qian3
1Center for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge, Kunming Yunnan 650034, China. 2School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok 12120, Thailand. 3Kunming Institute of Botany, China Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan 650204, China.
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  •  Accepted: 15 July 2010
  •  Published: 18 August 2010


The purpose of this article is to examine and analyze the animal-technical service system and participatory technology development (PTD) approach adoption in Gongshan County, northwest Yunnan Province, China. The results have shown that there is a completed organization pattern and service function in Gongshan County’s animal husbandry system. Administrative interventions, system fragmentation and financial deficiency are primary barriers which result in lowering the efficiency and effectiveness of extension performance. The adoption of PTD approach was successful in solving problems related to the animal-technical service system and improves the livelihoods in Gongshan County. Finally, the paper suggests that it is necessary to combine the PTD approach into Chinese animal husbandry reforms.


Key words: Animal extension service, participatory technology development, Gongshan County, China.