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Learning And Power In International Farmer Exchanges, Stephen August Lauer Jan 2013

Learning And Power In International Farmer Exchanges, Stephen August Lauer

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The "Bridging the Gap" program provides an opportunity to explore the relationships between learning and power in international agricultural development partnerships. A USAID-funded partnership between Iowa State University and Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns, this farmer-to-farmer program sent groups of Iowan women farmers to Uganda to teach Ugandan women farmers with the objectives that Ugandans would move from subsistence to commercial farming and that both groups would benefit from the cultural exchange. Data were collected primarily through semi-structured qualitative interviews of 28 Ugandan farmers, 7 Iowan farmers, and several program staff, and were analyzed using a grounded-theory approach. This thesis ...


Organization Of Innovation Platforms For Agricultural Research And Development In The Great Lakes Region Of Africa, Annet Abenakyo Mulema Jan 2012

Organization Of Innovation Platforms For Agricultural Research And Development In The Great Lakes Region Of Africa, Annet Abenakyo Mulema

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The Innovation platforms (IPs) approach was developed to address shortcomings of linear approaches to agricultural research and extension. However, `innovation platform' is a relatively new concept in agricultural research for development. There is limited knowledge and understanding of how best to organize IPs to facilitate numerous and multi-directional interaction among diverse stakeholders. The study examined how IPs are organized, the factors which motivated actors to participate in IPs, and the power dynamics within IPs. Data were collected from five IPs in Uganda and Rwanda Sept.-Dec. 2010. We conducted 184 semi-structured interviews with farmers, 34 in-depth interviews (with traders, extension ...