Differences in farmer and expert beliefs and the perceived impacts of conservation agriculture
Gray, Steven A.
Tamang, Bishal B.
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This article compares the perceptions of conservation agriculture on the part of farmers with that of the agricultural experts tasked with spreading a technology. Differences among these two groups in reasoning and predictions was examined in Nepal. It was found that outcomes from adoption of conservation agriculture better reflected farmers' predictions than the supposed experts, providing evidence to support two-way learning models and discouraging universal application of an agricultural technology.