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Just part of a program with Egypt. Fascinating challenges on the Nile Delta with so many people wanting and needing a part of it. (from Cairo June 2011)

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Participation & participants jf fin

  1. 1. PARTICIPATION – many dimensions and allessential for planning Fayoum, Egypt
  2. 2. SharingOnion Harvest Fayoum, Egypt 2004
  3. 3. Talking with family, friends, neighbours
  4. 4. These hands that translate practice into knowledge
  5. 5. If you want to change or developagriculture, you need farmers. And ifyou want farmers, you need threethings:1. A group of possible farmers you can identify and reach.2. A group of farmers with a problem they want to solve using a shared solution.3. A group of farmers with the desire and ability to spend time & money to solve that problem.
  6. 6. Type of extension approach Optional Collective (eg regional planning) Authority (eg biosecurity) National Regional FarmerOptionalCollectiveAuthority
  7. 7. Dimensions of participationProviding data the participants are observers and informantsInterpreting data the participants are interpretersPlanning change the participants are planners and decision-makersImplementation the participants are implementersManaging the process of data the participants are facilitatorscollection and interpretationDesigning the overall study the participants are researchers or co-researchersBeing kept informed about the the participants are recipientsstudy and its implications only After Bob Dick, University Queensland
  8. 8. Dimensions of participationthe participants are informants Who has info, do I need to sample, what info do I need?the participants are interpreters Comment on meaning of information and often the language of participantsthe participants are planners and What do they think might work in theirdecision-makers system – what do they want?the participants are implementers Who is in the position to do this, and who is motivated to do itthe participants are facilitators Who has the skills and motivation?the participants are researchers or Learning to manage research needs;co-researchers simple comparisons; data gatheringthe participants are recipients only Sometimes money/resources limiting so only some interested people can be involved After Bob Dick, University Queensland
  9. 9. Outcome –Participation in Action productivity, profitability, environmental impact Action – crop program for current season Output – what we will do at this site this year FEEDBACK Decision support – participatory management & adaptive researchSite factors – crop, soil, farmer, weather, technology, finances
  10. 10. Real Participation Modifying and adapting to suit local conditions – ongoing process Confidence to try technology generated Conscious decision Consultation with to trial the local champions; technology building credibility for technology Observing what is Testing happening “over the Acquiring practical outcomes fence”; capturing the experiences practical Sharing practical solutions Additional Seeking additional and experiencesinformation sought information and from credible practical sources knowledge General information General awareness providers, media, consultants, advisers Dr Jay Cummins, 2010
  11. 11. Simplifying Participation Develop a participatory culture Trials to compare new with old to allow rapid visualisation of change New Observe and listen to how farmers are Farmers opportunity responding to new ideas Mix up staff involved in program to share in all experiences Share change and adaptation tactics with farmers & other stakeholders
  12. 12. Arab Republic of EgyptAustralian Government Rural Solutions South Australia