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Local knowledge plus global science: a winning combination

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Working Papers & Briefs
Focus Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Capacity Development

Agricultural research in the developing world has seen some fantastic successes—like the green revolution that transformed Asia. But, it has also seen some bewildering failures, as many new crops and technologies just haven’t taken off. This is because research done at research stations often doesn’t fit with farmers’ complex needs, priorities and values. Plus, the hard-earned knowledge of farmers often isn’t taken into account. By combining global science and local knowledge, we can often produce a powerful mix that can be used to improve the lives of small-scale farmers. Bringing together local knowledge and international research results improve the lives of small-scale farmers by producing practical solutions suited to their needs. This booklet uses fodder supply in Nepal as an example of combining research and farmers knowledge to improve fodder provision and livestock production.