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Communication between participants and non-participants in analytical capacity building projects: Management advice to family farms in Benin

Rouchouse Marine, Faysse Nicolas, De Romemont Aurelle, Moumouni Moussa Ismail, Faure Guy. 2015. Communication between participants and non-participants in analytical capacity building projects: Management advice to family farms in Benin. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 21 (4) : pp. 325-342.

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Liste HCERES des revues (en SHS) : oui

Thème(s) HCERES des revues (en SHS) : Economie-gestion; Sciences de l'éducation

Abstract : Purpose: Approaches to build farmers' analytical capacities are said to trigger wide-ranging changes. This article reports on the communication process between participants and non-participants in one such approach, related to the technical and management skills learned by participants and the changes these participants subsequently made, and the outcomes in terms of non-participants' learning. Design/Methodology/Approach: In this study, we analysed the following: (1) participants' learning and changes in social practices; (2) communication between participants and non-participants regarding technical and management skills and changes in social practices; (3) non-participants' learning and changes in social practices. The case study was a management advice to family farm project in three villages in Benin. Findings: Most participants learned management skills, which led them to reassess their objectives and to reduce traditional social practices they now considered unproductive. Even in the case of frequent communication, non-participants found it difficult to learn management skills, which hindered their experiential learning. Non-participants consequently had difficulty understanding why participants changed their social practices such as reduction of their traditional gift giving, leading to limited well-argued discussion about these changes in practices between participants and non-participants. Practical Implications: This study shows that, due to the limited learning process of non-participants communicating with participants, there is a need to design and test approaches to achieve capacity-building while including more participants at a similar cost, and to stimulate explicit discussion at village level about the changes in values and social practices that these approaches may trigger. Originality/Value: The article analyses both participants and non-participants' experiential learning, and looks at the two sides of the interaction between the communication processes and non-participants' learning. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Bénin

Classification Agris : E80 - Home economics and crafts
E14 - Development economics and policies

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Rouchouse Marine, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (FRA)
  • Faysse Nicolas, CIRAD-ES-UMR G-EAU (MAR)
  • De Romemont Aurelle, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (FRA)
  • Moumouni Moussa Ismail, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (FRA)
  • Faure Guy, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-8327-6085

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