The project has been successful in making farmers realise that they have the solutions to their problems themselves, that they are knowledgeable and such knowledge is useful and effective. The project has thus addressed the psychology of development in the target rural farming communities. The participatory approach and processes used in project implementation have worked successfully because of this psychology where farmer to farmer meetings and visits restored farmers’ confidence and built their pride. Farmers are proud of what they did and discovered and are keen to share it with others who have also been empowered and respond with different information. The participatory approaches were thus used by the project as a means to an end and not an end in themselves.
International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), 47 pp.