Drawing together information and practice through integrated on-farm research

Bounthong Bouahom, Leonard Wade, Pheng Sengxua, Tamara Jackson

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    Connecting researchers in multi-disciplinary teams and bridging the gap between research outputs and endusers is ' or should be - a high priority for research and development projects. The results from a research fordevelopment project in southern Laos and other sources informed the knowledge sharing approach undertaken,using Focal Village (FV) sites to integrate the use of various technologies on-farm and within villages, in orderto enhance systems level understanding and as sites for co-learning and extension. These sites represented themajor agro-ecological zones identified in the project area. Using an agro-ecology typology approach provideda basis for site selection and integration of technologies, with a clear definition of the application domain of theknowledge generated, and of the integrated farming systems that may be possible within each. The integrationof technologies at the farm and village level enhanced understanding of integration points and farming systems,while integration of planning and project management enhanced the effectiveness of project activities. Focalvillage sites had value as an integrating factor for project activities, providing a common location to worktogether, and thereby enhancing organisational integration. Working together across disciplines was a newexperience, which benefitted from training, mentoring, planning and budget support.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication17th Proceedings of the Australian Agronomy Conference
    PublisherAustralian Agronomy
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event17th Australian Agronomy Conference - Wrest Point Convention Centre , Hobart, Australia
    Duration: 21 Sept 201524 Sept 2015


    Conference17th Australian Agronomy Conference
    Abbreviated titleBuilding Productive, Diverse and Sustainable Landscapes
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