Sokoine University of Agriculture

A Small Push Goes a Long Way: Farmers' Participation in Rainwater Harvesting Technology Development

Show simple item record Lazaro, E.A. Senkondo, E.M.M. Bakari, A. Kishebuka, S.R. Kajiru, G.J. 2017-12-18T06:11:26Z 2017-12-18T06:11:26Z 1999
dc.identifier.issn 0856 668X
dc.description Tanzania Journal of Agricultural Sciences 1999, Vol. 2(2): 219- 226 en_US
dc.description.abstract Farmer partieipation in decision making at various phases of project implementation contributes very.highly to project success. The Soil-Water Management Research Programme (SWMRP) has gained valuable experience in the involvement offarmer in all phases during the implementation of the programme .. The programme used the following instruments to ensure farmer participation: • Socio-economic ~urvey~~ including Participatory and Rapid Rural Appraisals. • Farmer participation in onjarm experimentation. • Participatory technology evaluation through workshops and seminars aimed at monitoring project ppformanqe and getting feedback from stakeholders. The process of farmer participation evolved over the duration of the project.·l!essons learnt at the begin.ning were incorporated in the research process over time. Initially, the planning of the ex-' periments did not fully allow jor farmer participation. This shortcoming was lat'er rectified, and more farmer participation was allowed. Among the achievements of the project is the construction of a water diversion canal worth about Tanzanian Shillings 1.28 million in Hedaru village, Same DistTict. The structure is currently supplying water to about 45 hectares in the village. The programme contributed only 18 % of the total cost in terms of materials (6%) and technical'supp01t (12%). Farmer participation enabled mobilization of resources w01th the remaining 82% of the total cost. The contributions were in the form of cash, labour, materials and decision making. This paper analyses the process offarmer participation in this programme and how it has influenced the pe~fo17nance of the programme. It is concluded that, with effeCtive participation, minimum extemal support (small push) can result into substantial achievements. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Smallholder farmers en_US
dc.subject Participation en_US
dc.subject Rainwater harvesting en_US
dc.subject Adoption en_US
dc.title A Small Push Goes a Long Way: Farmers' Participation in Rainwater Harvesting Technology Development en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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