The adoption by resource-poor livestock-keepers of technologies
developed by livestock and forage researchers has been poor. It has been
argued that a participatory approach to technology development can help
to ensure that new technologies are more appropriate to
livestock-keepers’ needs and circumstances, and hence increase the
likelihood of adoption.
This paper describes trials conducted in India by a goat research
project that adopted a participatory approach, and assesses to what
extent the postulated benefits of participatory technology development
have been realised, and the factors affecting this. It describes trials
involving two of the most promising technologies developed by the
project. It then discusses: (a) the prospects for adoption of these and
other technologies investigated by the project; (b) methodological
issues relating to control groups; and (c) the challenges associated
with achieving a high degree of participation by livestock-keepers.
Finally, it identifies what conclusions can be drawn, and lessons
learned, from the project’s experiences.
Conroy, C.; Thakur, Y.; Vadher, M. The efficacy of participatory development of technologies: experiences with resource-poor goat-keepers in India. Livestock Research for Rural Development (2002) 14 (3) 1-14.
The efficacy of participatory development of technologies: experiences with resource-poor goat-keepers in India.