Empowering farmers? Collaborative research at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania
Abstract: This article presents experiences with collaborative and on-farm research based on the implementation of a four-year Programme for Agricultural and Natural Resources Transformation for Improved Livelihoods (PANTIL) at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro, Tanzania. It outlines the basic elements in the implementation of a programme aimed to be demand-based, and discusses the challenges encountered in combining collaborative research with the empowerment of farmers. Finally, the article draws out some lessons with implications for the future organisation of collaborative and on-farm agricultural research.
Keywords: Civil society; NGOs; Participation; Partnership; Environment (built and natural); Agriculture; Sub-Saharan Africa