Th5_Making Science Work For Farmers: The Role Of Farmer Groups

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3rd Africa Rice Congress …

3rd Africa Rice Congress
Theme 5: Innovation systems and ICT tools for rice value chain
Mini symposium 4: Making science work: building innovation systems
Author: Odarteifio

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  • 1. Making Science Work For Farmers: The Role Of Farmer Groups Presented by: Gina Odarteifio CEO
  • 2. To Make Science work for farmers: Relevant Affordable Accessible Timely
  • 3. Need for intense collaboration and consultation between Farmers and Scientists.. Scientist: SOLUTIONS want to: provide solution Need: feedback .. is my solution working? Research & Development Input from farmers/ outputs of research Farmers: need: Economic return Want: Market FEEDBACK FBO’S challenges & concerns
  • 4. Integration of all Value chain players and activities from farm-to-fork in R&D will ensure All NEEDS & WANTS ARE MET FEEDBACK Consumers
  • 5. The Role of Farmer Groups 1. To represent the voice of farmers 2. Provide input into what farmers want from science and become disseminating outlets for solutions provided by science. 3. Learn new technologies and diligently offer feedback to science. 4. Create an enabling social environment to foster strong intra group information exchange. 5. Build social capital: intra and inter groups, inter and intra communities and radial relationships with value chain actors.
  • 6. Strength Of FBOs FBO FBO FBO FBO Financial linkage: Access to Agricultural Credit Business development & Capacity building Partnerships for R& D Technology transfer and testing through Demos & trails MoFA/ Scientist/ development agencies FBO FBO Social group/formed Marketing FBO FBO FBO FBO Input provision schemes: seeds, Agrochem icals & mechanization FBO Warehousing Extension: (inventory credit/ Warehouse receipt system FBO FBO monitoring Production and Demonstration Fields Post harvest processing services: cleaning, parboiling & straight milling FBO Harvesting & aggregation schemes FBO FBO FBO FBO
  • 7. Adoption & sustainability Challenges. 1. Lag between Technology dissemination and the availability of supporting machinery or infrastructure 20 days after transplanting
  • 8. 2. New technologies should be introduced concurrently with possible cost reduction devices or activities. • • Eg promoting use of organic fertilizer in ISFM (labour intensiveness & increased inputs cost) : teach composting. UDP: implement for deep placement of urea should be used made available.
  • 9. 3. Avoid One-Solution-Fits All Approach • Skills development should be Location specific customisation: from farm –to-fork. • Dissemination of very simple indicative tests for critical steps in parboiling/ milling should be in relation to practices in locality.
  • 10. 1. Pre &post R&D ‘Scientist-Meet-Stakeholder’ meetings. 2. Multidisciplinary teams to manage transitions. For stained adoption: