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 learning within the community and for exchange between communities (horizontal sharing) and among communities, development agents and policymakers (vertical sharing).

Many development agents are interested in FLD but are uncertain about how to facilitate this form of documentation or about the appropriate media and their use, including but not confined to modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). More research is needed into the impacts of FLD: how it has helped to spread knowledge and led to livelihoods improvements. This is discussed in:

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

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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