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Farming Systems Research/Extension Progress Report for 2004  

Farming Systems Research/Extension Progress Report for 2004

This progress report highlights the activities of the FSR/E Component from January to December 2004. Such activities have been guided by concepts of poverty alleviation through profitable yet sustainable and equitable development; use of participatory methods and systems approach to research and extension for development; capacity building to enable people to help themselves and others. . The objectives and expected outputs of the FSR/E Component correspond to three main aspects, namely: (1) participatory technology development; (2) staff capacity building; and (3) information dissemination. . In terms of participatory technology development, 12 on-farm research trials are being conducted in 10 project villages in Phonsay District and Namo. These on-farm trials are grouped according to three main topics: (1) crop-animal farming systems; (2) integrated annual crop-based farming systems; and (3) perennial crop-based intercropping systems. To complement on-farm research, the component also conducts documentation and assessment studies on various topics such as farmers? indigenous knowledge systems, post-harvest practices; socio-economic profile of farmers in the study areas, pesticide use in riverbed gardens and animal health status in project villages. An added activity is the mapping of on-farm trial sites in the project villages. When appropriate, FSR/E research activities are done collaboratively with the other components of the program such as the Socio-economics, Land Management and Forestry components. . In relation to staff capacity building, 11 out of 12 modules of on-the-job training (OJT) series have been conducted. In the spirit of ?learning-by-doing?, the OJTs were timed to coincide with the ongoing activities of the on-farm trials. The OJT followed the step-by-step processes involved in onfarm research. A technical seminar and two study tours were conducted to reinforce the learning experience of the staff. OJT regarding economic and profitability analysis of the technology options was supported by the Socio-economics component. OJT on communication methods and development of communication materials were done together with the Information Services component. . Regarding information dissemination, 14 Technology Information Sheets highlighting various farming systems options have been developed by the FSR/E staff. The next step is to get feedback by pre-testing them with farmers and extensionists before being finalized and disseminated. Farmers? training and farmers? study tours are conducted to supplement the dissemination of information. . The monitoring and evaluation system used, lessons learned during the year in review and next step activities for 2005 are presented.


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Keyword(s): Agriculture
Category: Farming

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