Elske van de Fliert


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Institution: International Potato Centre (CIP), Regional Office for East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific

E-mail: E.van-de-fliert@cgiar.org


IPM Specialist, International Potato Center. Education: Ph.D in Extension Science and Crop Protection, Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands, 1993. MSc in Biological Sciences (ecology, extension sciences), Utrecht State University, The Netherlands, 1987.

Relevant work experience: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in rice-based cropping systems (Sri Lanka 1985-86; Indonesia 1988-92), FAO Inter-country IPM Program. NGO IPM/IPM training (1990-1998, Indonesia), through consultancies for World Education and FADO. Lecturer Biological Control and Natural Resource Management at local university (1995-97, Indonesia). Sweet potato and potato ICM and ICM training (1994-present, Indonesia, Vietnam), CIP.

Special interests: sustainable agriculture, participatory R&D, non-formal education / extension.

Title: "Integrative, farmer-participatory methodology for poverty-sensitive research: Sweet potato and potato Integrated Crop Management in Southeast Asia."

Theme: 2E


The paper will describe a methodological framework for integrative, participatory research and development. The framework was developed in the context of the International Potato Center’s (CIP) sweet potato Integrated Crop Management (ICM) program in Indonesia, and adapted and applied for sweet potato ICM program development in Vietnam and potato IPM work in Indonesia. The framework is characterized by farmer-participatory and integrative approaches, and includes the following R&D phases: (1) problem, needs and opportunity assessment, (2) applied technology development, (3) farmer training development and institutionalization, and (4) monitoring and evaluation. Methodological issues will be illustrated by practical experiences, outputs and measured impact of the sweet potato and potato programs in Indonesia and Vietnam. Suggestions will be provided for application of the framework in other situations based on lessons learned.

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