Evaluating the benefits of action learning processes in driving integrated soil fertility management benefits among smallholder farming communities in Zimbabwe

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The widespread fragmented adoption of improved soil fertility management options among smallholder farmers can partly be attributed to poor diffusion of acquired knowledge. Using participatory action research approaches, a study was conducted in eastern Zimbabwe to evaluate potential benefits accrued by different farmer resource groups participating in integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) co-learning processes. Preliminary results indicate that farmers participating in collective action realized improved grain yields and had ease of access to grain and fertilizer markets than their non-participating counterparts. These findings suggest that farmers may stand to benefit from cumulative economic gains by participating in joint action.
L’adoption généralisée fragmentée des options améliorées de la gestion de la fertilité des sols parmi les petits agriculteurs peuvent en partie être attribuée à une mauvaise diffusion des connaissances acquises. L’utilisation des approches de recherche-action, une étude a été menée dans l’est du Zimbabwe pour évaluer les avantages potentiels courus par les différents groupes de ressources des agriculteurs participant à la gestion intégrée de la fertilité des sols (GIFS) co-processus d’apprentissage. Les résultats préliminaires indiquent que les agriculteurs participant à l’action collective ont réalisé les rendements en grains améliorés et avaient la facilité d’accès aux marchés des céréales et d’engrais que leurs homologues non participants. Ces résultats suggèrent que les agriculteurs peuvent tout à gagner en cumulant des gains économiques en participant à une action commune.
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2010
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Southern Africa
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RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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Open Access
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Printed resource
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1397-1400
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme soil science and water management".