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Compendio: investigación participativa generación e intercambio de conocimientos por y con familias campesinas y nativas. Taller interno mayo 1997

by Rivera, J.O; Westphal, S.M. comps; Borel, R; Romero, F; Fassaert, C; Prins, K; CATIE, Turrialba (Costa Rica).
Series: Agroforestry Systems (Países Bajos).Publisher: Turrialba (Costa Rica) 1997Description: p. 60-66.Other Title: On-farm research in a silvopastoral project: a case study.Subject(s): INVESTIGACION EN LA FINCA | PARTICIPACION CAMPESINA | PROYECTOS DE DESARROLLO | SISTEMAS SILVOPASTORILES | GLIRICIDIA SEPIUM | ERYTHRINA BERTEROANA | CERCAS VIVAS | PLANTACION FORESTAL | ESTUDIOS DE CASOS | COSTA RICA | ON-FARM RESEARCH | DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS | GLIRICIDIA SEPIUM | FOREST PLANTATIONS | COSTA RICA | RECHERCHE A LA FERME | PROJET DE DEVELOPPEMENT | GLIRICIDIA SEPIUM | PLANTATION FORESTIERE | COSTA RICA In: Summary: The Silvopastoral Project is being implemented by CATIE in the Atlantic humid lowland of Costa Rica, in order to develop alternatives to the current destructive mode of livestock production. The overall approach is briefly described and two superimposed on-farm experiments are discussed in more detail. The main constraints for on-farm research within the project are analysed: the limited previous knowledge of the area and of the local species, the difficulty of achieving a common understanding about research with collaborating farmers, the need for additional staff supervision and the complexity of the statistical analyses. An attempt is made to draw lessons from the ongoing project regarding how to resolve the apparent contradiction between rigorous scientific requirements and questions of immediate value to extension, the compromises to be achieved between different types of evaluation (statistical, risk, etc.) and the potentials and limitations of farmers' participation in research.
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The Silvopastoral Project is being implemented by CATIE in the Atlantic humid lowland of Costa Rica, in order to develop alternatives to the current destructive mode of livestock production. The overall approach is briefly described and two superimposed on-farm experiments are discussed in more detail. The main constraints for on-farm research within the project are analysed: the limited previous knowledge of the area and of the local species, the difficulty of achieving a common understanding about research with collaborating farmers, the need for additional staff supervision and the complexity of the statistical analyses. An attempt is made to draw lessons from the ongoing project regarding how to resolve the apparent contradiction between rigorous scientific requirements and questions of immediate value to extension, the compromises to be achieved between different types of evaluation (statistical, risk, etc.) and the potentials and limitations of farmers' participation in research.

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