Smallholder farmers in northern Ghana and southern Burkina Faso manage the forest–farm interface, which comprises a complex mosaic of cultivated fields and fallows mixed with useful trees, parklands, remnant woodlands and forest reserves. The functions of these diverse multi-use landscapes are not always apparent to outsiders, and local people often lack tools and opportunities to explain these systems or articulate the challenges they face. To address this knowledge gap, the West African Forest–Farm Interface (WAFFI) project introduced participatory action research (PAR) to facilitate social learning and catalyze knowledge sharing. PAR is an iterative method of learning that involves local people in the design of research and facilitates their participation in observation, experimentation, reflection and interpretation of findings to aid in decision-making.
Authors: Evans, K.; Cronkleton, P.; Addoah, T.; Zida, M.; Basefeli, S.; Afagachie, K.
Subjects: farmers, small scale farming, livelihoods, forests
Publication type: Brief