What farmers want…
A key objective of the first year of the research project, was an effort to determine what farmers want. This aim is the basis of centering farmers, and of better understanding the issues that shape farmer decision-making in the context of agricultural technologies. An associated challenge is the risk of ‘finding what you are looking for’ (i.e., do the researchers ask questions such that we end up concluding that farmers want what we expected) or, even more challengingly, do farmers censor and respond strategically such that they ‘provide the responses that they believe the researchers want’.
During the surveys, a number of questions sought the farmers’ perspectives on their land, their livelihoods, and their views on the future. Many indicated that they would like to transition to fruit tree production. This was both a logical and expected outcome of the farmer surveys, as we had found such perceptions during the 2013 pilot survey. In addition, as of August 2018, there is a widespread, organic emergence of fruit tree adoption and inter-cropping.
Villages and the Demonstration Farms