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Methodological innovation, personal and organisational change


A central feature of the ‘farmer first' approaches of the past 20 years has been methodological innovation. This has resulted in an expansion of a vast array of tools, techniques and experiments available for research and development in agriculture, with a diversity of experiences from across the world. But a key question has been how has methodological innovation influenced and been influenced by personal, professional and organisational learning and change? What has allowed changes at different levels – the individual, the organisation, the system – to happen and what has acted to close things down? Are there examples of where the process of reflection, reframing and use of lessons learned during the participatory research process resulted in changed behaviour and improved performance? This session will explore some of these experiences in contrasting settings, drawing out broader lessons.

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Future Agricultures
STEPS Centre