Beyond Farmer First: New directions in pastoral development in Africa
1 Jan 1994
Ian Scoones (Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS))
The purpose of this book is to reveal how agricultural research and extension, far from being discrete, rational acts, are in fact part of a process of coming to terms with conflicting interests and viewpoints. By going beyond Farmer First, this theoretically informed perspective describes agricultural development as what it is: a highly ideological and political process. As Robert Chambers notes in his foreword, the concerns of Farmer First with performance and of Beyond Farmer First with process, indicate that a radical rethinking of knowledge, power and agricultural science is well under way.