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Recent experiences with participatory technology development in Africa: practitioners' review

Briefing/policy papers

Participatory technology development (PTD) has recently been widely advocated and supported by donors. However much of the discussion of PTD has been at the level of rhetoric, at times venturing into academic debate. Three dimensions of participation explored here are: farmer participation, participation by other stakeholders, and participation within a multidisciplinary team. Strategies and practical tips for improved project design and implementation are suggested, and future challenges identified.

Alistair Sutherland, Adrienne Martin and Jon Salmon