Experiences on Community Action Research Programme (CARP)

This write-up provides the experiences that the author has gone through as part of his PhD study being conducted under the Community Action Research Programme (CARP) at Bunda College of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). It gives an overview of the following aspects: number of farmers directly involved in CARP, number of farmers reached through outreach events, comments by farmers on changes realised as a direct result of the author’s work, personal experiences – best times, lessons learnt and challenges and what the author plans to do after graduation in relation to what he has been doing in the study. His main message is that the CARP programme provides opportunity for experiential learning by both university and community actors.
Cette description fournit les expériences que l’auteur a vécues en rapport avec son travail de thèse dans le cadre du Programme de Recherche-Action Communautaire (CARP) au Collège de Bunda de l’Université d’Agriculture et des Ressources Naturelles de Lilongwe (LUANAR). Elle donne un aperçu des aspects suivants: le nombre d’agriculteurs impliqués directement dans le CARP, le nombre d’agriculteurs contactés par le biais des activités de sensibilisation, les commentaires des agriculteurs sur les changements réalisés en tant que résultat direct du travail de l’auteur, les expériences personnelles – les meilleurs temps, les leçons apprises et les défis et ce que l’auteur entend faire après l’obtention de son diplôme par rapport à ce qu’il a fait dans l’étude. Son message principal est que le programme CARP offre l’opportunité d’apprentissage expérientiel par les acteurs universitaires et les acteurs communautaires.
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third 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 stakeholders 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. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme Extended abstract under Value Chains and Innovation Platform