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Effective farmer groups for defining best practices for sustainable agriculture

Kilpatrick, Sue, Bond, Liz, Bell, Rowena, Knee, Jacqui and Pinkard, Greg 2003, Effective farmer groups for defining best practices for sustainable agriculture, in APEN 2003 : Extending extension : beyond traditional boundaries, methods and ways of thinking, [Australasia Pacific Extension Network], [Hobart, Tas.].

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Title Effective farmer groups for defining best practices for sustainable agriculture
Author(s) Kilpatrick, Sue
Bond, Liz
Bell, Rowena
Knee, Jacqui
Pinkard, Greg
Conference name Australasia Pacific Extension Network. Forum (2003 : Hobart, Tas.)
Conference location Hobart, Tas.
Conference dates 26-28 November 2003
Title of proceedings APEN 2003 : Extending extension : beyond traditional boundaries, methods and ways of thinking
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2003
Conference series Australasia Pacific Extension Network Forum
Publisher [Australasia Pacific Extension Network]
Place of publication [Hobart, Tas.]
Keyword(s) learning
farmer groups
natural resource management
participatory action research
Summary Practitioners and farmers are practical people. They are likely to be more comfortable with a process that develops monitoring tools and benchmarks for natural resource management than a process of group development and social capital formation. Yet the two are intrinsically linked. Policy makers and extension workers need to understand the link, and how to use a knowledge of social processes when designing the more concrete process of developing and implementing best practice monitoring and benchmarking with groups.

This paper reflects on the experience of establishing and working with farmer groups as they go through a process of identifying environmental issues, setting and monitoring environmental benchmarks and identifying and implementing sustainable farming practices to meet the benchmarks.
Language eng
Field of Research 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
Socio Economic Objective 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020326

Document type: Conference Paper
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