This chapter presents experiences of a research project on soil and water management in the middle hills of Nepal. It applies a participatory technology development approach to generate appropriate soil and water management interventions that reduce nutrient losses from upper-slope, rain-fed land. Results suggest that incorporation of farmer knowledge and perspectives in the technology development process, and giving farmers and the farming community a leading role in experimentation and decision-making, not only ensures development of appropriate technologies, but also increases farmer empowerment and participation in the whole development process.
Shrestha, P., McDonald, M., Lawrence, A. and Sinclair, F. 2005. Using local knowledge to develop soil and water management interventions for minimising soil and nutrient losses in the middle hills of Nepal. pp 47-72 (Chapter 4) in Stocking, M., Helleman, H. and White, R. (eds) Renewable natural resources management for mountain communities. Kathmadu, Nepal: ICIMOD.