Lessons learned: Bridging information asymmetries to strengthen community organizations

The main focus was on demystification of technologies and provision of technical skills and information to the community.

LESSON 1
Given space and encouragement, technical complexities can be demystified and managed by the communities

LESSON 2
The notion that women and illiteracy are the stumbling block for undertaking various activities (financial and technical) can be dispelled through appropriate training. Illiteracy need not be a barrier.

LESSON 3
Simple techniques help in making monitoring and management of intangible resources easier for communities

LESSON 4
A combination of measurement devices provides for improved information for farmers to make cropping decisions

LESSON 5
Capacity building activities in one program can benefit and have impact in many other ways and programs (generation of positive externalities)

LESSON 6
Smaller scale interventions, conceptualized by the local communities, can keep external interest groups (contractors) away and at the same time have larger impacts at local level and better ownership

 

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