Make farmers scientists

Why does it matter?
  • Hierarchy prevents farmers from contributing more
  • Let's recognize (at a global level) that farmers are already scientists
  • Bring out the scientist in the farmer
  • Because s/he knows how to apply research to their context (what works or not) and it creates self-reliance
  • It allows work to continue beyond projects
  • It's a natural selection process
  • M&E is then built-in for scientists
  • Innovation and adaptation moves more rapidly
What can we do?
Work at all level (policy level, extension, donors, scientists etc.) and engage people at all these levels.
If we manage to have CGIAR scientists recognise that farmers are scientists it will be a good first step!