Creating space for smallholder farmer innovation: Lessons from East Indian tribal communities for Australian researchers

Bill Bellotti, Gavin Ramsay, Murray Unkovich, Adam Komarek, Sarah Pain

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    Abstract

    An agricultural research for development project on the East India Plateau provides the context forreflecting on the conduct of research, the creation of learning opportunities, scaling out of research results, and monitoring research impact. What appears at one level as research into rice agronomy actually has profound implications for climate resilient agriculture, nutrition security and the empowerment of women. It is clear the most important outcome of our research is the development of human beings rather than the development of agricultural technology or agricultural systems. Despite often extreme disadvantage, our women research farmers have frequently demonstrated individually and collectively that they have the capacity to transform their lives. The process of engaging them in research appears to hold the key to unlocking their latent capacity for independent innovation. Our research practice continues to evolve in light of this new understanding.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch and education for rural development and food security to build resilient rural environments
    Subtitle of host publicationAustralian and Indian Perspectives
    Place of PublicationWagga Wagga
    PublisherCharles Sturt University
    Pages1-6
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
    EventResearch and education for rural development and food security to build resilient rural environments: Australian and Indian perspectives - Delhi, India, Delhi, India
    Duration: 20 Apr 201521 Apr 2015
    https://www.csu.edu.au/research/grahamcentre/international/australia-india-project

    Other

    OtherResearch and education for rural development and food security to build resilient rural environments
    Country/TerritoryIndia
    CityDelhi
    Period20/04/1521/04/15
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    Grant Number

    • 0000100366

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