Farmer-Led Documentation

About Farmer-led documentation

Farmer-led documentation (FLD) is an empowering process in which local communities take the lead role in the documentation process. The results are used by community members for purposes of internal learning (within the community) and exchange between communities (horizontal sharing) and communities, development agents and policymakers (vertical sharing).

There is a growing interest by development agents in FLD. However, little is known about the best designs of such documentation processes or about the available and appropriate media and their use, including but by no means confined to those making use of modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Another set of important questions relate to the impacts of FLD: how FLD has led to knowledge spread, a wider development process and ultimately to livelihoods improvements.

FLD: Introduction, some examples and challenges (MS Word file; size : 152 KB. April 2008 updated version)

FLD mailing list and online forum

A mailing list cum online forum about FLD is available via Google Groups. All who are interested in exploring the opportunities of FLD, sharing examples, addressing challenges and discussing possible solutions are very welcome to join this group, including non-Prolinnova members!

You can sign up online via You can use your own email address to sign up, as long as you create an account at Google first. This will only take a minute of your time. To post a message, send an email to or use the online forum. If you have any questions, contact the list moderator Prince Deh (GINKS). Email:


Articles and Publications on FLD

  • Local innovation in the development of smallholder agriculture: a literature review and case study in the Department of Cochabamba Bolivia
    by Markus Frank, BSc thesis, University of Kassel / German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture, Witzenhausen. 2012.
    The first part of the thesis is a review of literature on different approaches to understanding and supporting local innovation, and situates local innovation processes and concepts in the context of agricultural innovation models. The case study in the second part of the thesis explores the application of methods to identify and document local innovation. It gives insight into farmers' perceptions of the participatory documentation process. It also shows how the farmer innovators perceive the innovation process and looks into the interrelations and functions of the actors involved in this process.
    View document: PDF file; size: 1.8 MB

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