Good intentions and viable solutions will have little impact unless we engage with farmers in ways that are meaningful to them. Farmers put a great deal of confidence in what they learn from fellow farmers’ experiences, and they are more likely to trust what they see over what they hear.  Interacting with peers also helps farmers to learn from and share with each other.



  1. 2015-08-05 Good intentions and viable solutions will have little impact unless we engage with farmers in ways that are meaningful to them. Farmers put a great deal of confidence in what they learn from fellow farmers’ experiences, and they are more likely to trust what they see over what they hear....
  2. 2015-07-23 Good intentions and viable solutions will have little impact unless we engage with farmers in ways that are meaningful to them. Farmers put a great deal of confidence in what they learn from fellow farmers’ experiences, and they are more likely to trust what they see over what they hear....
  3. Key Resource
    So you want to help people in the tropics. Beautiful! The tropics are waiting for you. No matter what your abilities, you can make life better for others in the tropics. Your concern for the physical and spiritual well-being of people can be translated into fruitful service. Your first asset is...
  4. 2017-11-16
  5. For many of us the idea of “research” is scary. We are not trained in it. We picture rigorous statistical analyses that we are unfamiliar with. We have seen glossy scientific journals with technical words that we do not understand. Besides, isn’t our goal to directly help smallholder farmers? Why...
  6. Key Resource 1993-06-01 The premise that on-farm experimental research is necessary has been widely accepted by those agricultural researchers in Africa who have been exposed to on-farm research philosophies. By teaching and reviewing on-farm research programs, I have become aware of the unique practical and conceptual...
  7. 2018-11-14 This workshop will include utilizing results from project work conducted over the past year that will illustrate the importance of the Partnership Development Process, Comparison of a Traditional Needs Assessment model that was utilized years earlier from another agency’s work versus an Asset...
  8. Key Resource
    1993-06-01 During the course of each year a number of individuals working in community development spend some days studying and planning at ECHO. In reality their felt need is not so much for a bit more knowledge (study), but for a project plan for how they are going to proceed to help local farmers. A...

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