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Assessing Participatory Action Research. Edition No. 1
- ID: 1920602
- December 2010
- 76 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
Since the early 1990's participatory approaches have been promoted as a means to involve local people in development initiatives. Within the environmental field, participatory methodologies emphasize decentralized approaches to decision-making. In particular, Participatory Action Research (PAR) advocates a collaborative knowledge-generating process engaging participants and researchers with the overall goal of empowering marginalized populations while alleviating poverty. Research presented in this monograph assesses PAR through the Integrated Upland Agricultural Research Project (IUARP) in Luang Prabang Province, Laos. The IUARP was designed to produce alternatives to shifting cultivation for smallholder farmers. Through interviews, observations, and a farmer database the author analyzes who participates in the project, who benefits, and the level of participation between project administrators and farmers. The objective is to understand how well PAR theory works in practice.
Michelle is a PhD candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno. She studies farmer beliefs and practices in the Lao PDR. She recently contributed book Chapters in Collaborative Governance of Tropical Landscapes, Earthscan. Michelle is an Anthropology Instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College.