This article considers the processes involved in the development of new agricultural technology. It builds upon the understanding that both resource-poor farmers and the formal research system have important but different parts to play and argues that the contribution of each may be optimised if the task of developing new technology is passed on to farmers at the earliest stage at which doing so is feasible. It suggests ways in which this stage may be identified, and then develops a conceptual framework for identifying the people who are likely to be able to make use of the knowledge about a new technology that will be generated by a ‘formal’ research project. This framework may be applied at an early stage of each project in order to direct research resources away from those projects that are unlikely to help an acceptably large number of people.
Reece, D.; Sumberg, J. More clients, less resources: toward a new conceptual framework for agricultural research in marginal areas. Technovation (2003) 23 (5) 409-421. [DOI: 10.1016/S0166-4972(01)00122-5]