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Making Science Work For Farmers:
The Role Of Farmer Groups
Presented by: Gina Odarteifio
CEO
To Make Science work for farmers:
Relevant

Affordable

Accessible

Timely
Need for intense collaboration and consultation between Farmers
and Scientists..

Scientist:

SOLUTIONS

want to: provide ...
Integration of all
Value chain players
and activities from
farm-to-fork in R&D
will ensure All NEEDS
& WANTS ARE MET

FEED...
The Role of Farmer Groups
1. To represent the voice of farmers
2. Provide input into what farmers want from
science and be...
Strength
Of
FBOs
FBO

FBO

FBO
FBO

Financial
linkage: Access
to Agricultural
Credit

Business
development
& Capacity
buil...
Adoption & sustainability Challenges.
1. Lag between Technology dissemination and the
availability of supporting machinery...
2. New technologies should be introduced concurrently
with possible cost reduction devices or activities.
•
•

Eg promotin...
3. Avoid One-Solution-Fits All Approach
• Skills development should be Location specific
customisation: from farm –to-fork...
1. Pre &post R&D ‘Scientist-Meet-Stakeholder’
meetings.
2. Multidisciplinary teams to manage transitions.

For stained ado...
THANK YOU / MERCI BEAUCOUP
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Th5_Making Science Work For Farmers: The Role Of Farmer Groups

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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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Th5_Making Science Work For Farmers: The Role Of Farmer Groups

  1. 1. Making Science Work For Farmers: The Role Of Farmer Groups Presented by: Gina Odarteifio CEO
  2. 2. To Make Science work for farmers: Relevant Affordable Accessible Timely
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 7. Adoption & sustainability Challenges. 1. Lag between Technology dissemination and the availability of supporting machinery or infrastructure 20 days after transplanting
  8. 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. 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. 10. 1. Pre &post R&D ‘Scientist-Meet-Stakeholder’ meetings. 2. Multidisciplinary teams to manage transitions. For stained adoption:
  11. 11. THANK YOU / MERCI BEAUCOUP

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