Translating integrated soil fertility management knowledge into livelihood benefits through farmer learning and participatory action in Zimbabwe

Smallholder agriculture production is constrained by poor technology adoption often linked to lack information dissemination strategies, among other factors. This study sought to evaluate the effectiveness of participatory information management and smallholder farmer learning alliances in integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) technology information dissemination and adoption. Participatory research approaches were employed to mobilise farmers for experimentation with selected ISFM technologies. Preliminary results have shown that there are no readily available sources of information. However, there is scope for participatory development of technical materials on ISFM. Findings suggest the need to harmonise knowledge systems and communicating scientific technologies directly with farmers.
La production agricole des petites exploitations est limitée par l’adoption de technologies pauvres, souvent liés au manque des stratégies de diffusion de l’information, entre autres facteurs. Cette étude visait à évaluer l’efficacité de la gestion de l’information participative de petits exploitants agricoles d’apprentissage des alliances dans la gestion des sols intégrée de la fertilité (GIFS), de la diffusion de l’information technologique et de l’adoption. Les approches de recherche participatives ont été employées pour mobiliser les agriculteurs pour l’expérimentation de technologies choisies GIFS. Les résultats préliminaires ont montré qu’il n’y a pas de sources facilement accessibles de l’information. Toutefois, il est possible pour le développement participatif des documents techniques sur la GIFS. Les résultats suggèrent la nécessité d’harmoniser les systèmes de connaissances et de communiquer des technologies scientifiques directement avec les agriculteurs.
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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".