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.
Given space and encouragement, technical complexities can be demystified and managed by the communities
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.
Simple techniques help in making monitoring and management of intangible resources easier for communities
A combination of measurement devices provides for improved information for farmers to make cropping decisions
Capacity building activities in one program can benefit and have impact in many other ways and programs (generation of positive externalities)
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