Getting farmers involved. Validated RNRRS Output.


This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy (RNRRS) programmes.

Summary for Project title: R7412: Incorporation of local knowledge into soil and water management interventions which minimise nutrient losses in the Middle Hills of Nepal.

In Nepal, work to manage water and address soil and nutrient losses has focused on farmer participation. This is seen as the best way to produce appropriate outputs and ensure that technologies are adopted. Mixing scientific know-how with local knowledge also offers innovative ways to tackle local problems. To help with this, new methods have been developed to document and analyse local people's knowledge and perceptions of soil and water conservation methods. Researchers have also worked closely with farmers to produce adaptable ways of minimising the nutrient losses caused by erosion and leaching. At the project sites, 25% of those farmers not actually involved in the project have adopted the new soil and water management interventions— indicating the project's success.

The CD has the following information for this output: Description, Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty, Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (13 pp.) taken from the CD.


NRSP26, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 123.

Published 1 January 2007