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One step forward, two steps back in farmer knowledge exchange: ‘scaling-up’ as Fordist replication in dragAgronomy for Development: The Politics of Knowledge in Agricultural Research, (2017)
The policy literature on the New Green Revolution for Africa and value chains, which increasingly targets female farmers, is replete with the various action verbs involving the use of the term scale, including ‘scaling,’ ‘scaling-up,’ and ‘bringing to scale’ among others. While geographers use scale in a particular way, practitioners in these programs see scaling-up as mass, or Fordist, replication of a particular set of technologies and methods once the approach has been perfected in a pilot phase. Although this is somewhat reminiscent of the ‘Training and Visit’ extension method common in rural sociology and agricultural schools in the 1980s, the drive here is for efficiency, meaning that the particularities of place, participation, local knowledge or two-way dialogue are all but absent. The chapter explores the ‘scaling up’ approach to extension, how it is similar or different to previous approaches, and how this tactic resolves or accentuates agro-development challenges related to gender, poverty and participation. This approach is explored using case studies in Mali.
- Agricultural extension; New Green Revolution for Africa; scale; value chain
Publication DateSpring 2017
SeriesPathways to Sustainability Series
Citation InformationWilliam G Moseley. "One step forward, two steps back in farmer knowledge exchange: ‘scaling-up’ as Fordist replication in drag" New YorkAgronomy for Development: The Politics of Knowledge in Agricultural Research, (2017) p. 79 - 90
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/william_moseley/148/