What happened to participatory research at the International Potato Center?

Thiele, Graham, Van De Fliert, Elske and Campilan, Dindo (2001) What happened to participatory research at the International Potato Center?. Agriculture and Human Values, 18 4: 429-446. doi:10.1023/A:1015230803456

Author Thiele, Graham
Van De Fliert, Elske
Campilan, Dindo
Title What happened to participatory research at the International Potato Center?
Journal name Agriculture and Human Values   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0889-048X
Publication date 2001-12
Year available 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1023/A:1015230803456
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 18
Issue 4
Start page 429
End page 446
Total pages 18
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Language eng
Abstract During the 1980s, when a flexible approach to research, known as farmer-back-to-farmer, was developed, the International Potato Center (CIP) became famous for participatory research. Subsequently it appeared to have lost leadership in this field. This article documents participatory research activities in CIP over the past thirty years to find out what happened. Even in the 1980s, implementation of participatory research was actually limited. Participatory research in the center grew unevenly, with little clear encouragement from the CGIAR. Decentralization of social scientists in the 1990s led to the fragmentation of participatory research and, in the absence of any clear champion, it seemed that it might wither away. Recently, increasing interest in IPM, donor support, and the recruitment of international staff who have been exposed to other currents of participatory research and training has led to a revival of interest. This needs to be carefully nurtured to ensure that the flexibility for which participatory research in CIP earlier gained world renown is retained.
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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