Participatory approach for the identification of dairy industry needs in the design of research, development and extension actions: Australian and Brazilian case studies

Teixeira, S. R., Chamala, S. A., Cowan, R. T. and Western, M. (2004) Participatory approach for the identification of dairy industry needs in the design of research, development and extension actions: Australian and Brazilian case studies. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 44 6: 521-530. doi:10.1071/EA01187


Author Teixeira, S. R.
Chamala, S. A.
Cowan, R. T.
Western, M.
Title Participatory approach for the identification of dairy industry needs in the design of research, development and extension actions: Australian and Brazilian case studies
Journal name Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0816-1089
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/EA01187
Volume 44
Issue 6
Start page 521
End page 530
Total pages 10
Editor Chris A Anderson
Place of publication Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
309999 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
630504 Primary products from animals
300400 Animal Production
370100 Sociology
780107 Studies in human society
670105 Dairy products
Abstract In both Australia and Brazil there are rapid changes occurring in the macroenvironment of the dairy industry. These changes are sometimes not noticed in the microenvironment of the farm, due to the labour-intensive nature of family farms, and the traditionally weak links between production and marketing. Trends in the external environment need to be discussed in a cooperative framework, to plan integrated actions for the dairy community as a whole and to demand actions from research, development and extension (R, D & E). This paper reviews the evolution of R, D & E in terms of paradigms and approaches, the present strategies used to identify dairy industry needs in Australia and Brazil, and presents a participatory strategy to design R, D & E actions for both countries. The strategy incorporates an integration of the opinions of key industry actors ( defined as members of the dairy and associated communities), especially farm suppliers ( input market), farmers, R, D & E people, milk processors and credit providers. The strategy also uses case studies with farm stays, purposive sampling, snowball interviewing techniques, semi-structured interviews, content analysis, focus group meetings, and feedback analysis, to refine the priorities for R, D & E actions in the region.
Keyword Agriculture, Multidisciplinary
Knowledge Management
Decision-support
Systems
Q-Index Code C1

 
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