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

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OtherResearch and education for rural development and food security to build resilient rural environments
CountryIndia
CityDelhi
Period20/04/1521/04/15
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  • 0000100366

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    Bellotti, B., Ramsay, G., Unkovich, M., Komarek, A., & Pain, S. (2015). Creating space for smallholder farmer innovation: Lessons from East Indian tribal communities for Australian researchers. In Research and education for rural development and food security to build resilient rural environments: Australian and Indian Perspectives (pp. 1-6). [1] Charles Sturt University. https://www.csu.edu.au/research/grahamcentre/international/australia-india-project