Fundation Valles FRN: working with PAR in Bolivia

This solution addresses the challenge of involving farmers and local organizations in research in the Andes for farmers, farmer organizations, NGOs, research institutes...

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Problem Description

This approach is a direct response to the FRN principle that "Farmers that represent the social and biophysical diversity of their communities participate in the whole research process". This means that "Farmer groups set research priorities and influence the research agenda", that we "Engage farmer groups and organizations throughout the whole research process from diagnosis, design, implementation, analysis, and communication" and that we "Ensure farmers who lack financial, social, and resource capitals are included". In addition, FRNs aim to ensure that "Networks foster collaboration and opportunities for learning and knowledge sharing", which means "Foster genuine and authentic collaborative engagement" and "Facilitate learning and knowledge sharing across farmer groups with similar agendas, interests, and constraints".

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In order to build such networks, the stakeholders must be involved from the outset in defining a research topic, in designing the research method, in building schedules and budgets together, in choosing communication tools, in collecting and analyzing data, and more. The project in Bolivia with Fundacion Valles is a good example of how these processes are put in place and negotiated among partners.

Sustainable Development Goals

On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. This solution covers the following goals:

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STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
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Mix of design and implementation skills
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Service, product and process design
  • Co-design
  • User-design
  • Light-touch evaluation
  • Cost-benefit modelling
  • Randomised control trials
  • High failure rate should be an explicit expectation
  • Visible senior leadership essential
HIGH
  • Grants, convertible grants/loans
MEDIUM
A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users
Demonstration that the idea works, or evidence to support a reworking of the idea

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Sustainable Development Goals
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