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Title: Some Comments on Asking the Right Questions, Getting the Right Answers 
Author: Fairbairn-Dunlop, Peggy
Date: 1993-01
Publisher: University of Hawaii
Citation: Fairbairn-Dunlop P. 1993. Some comments on asking the right questions, getting the right answers. In: Ferentinos L, editor. Proceedings of the Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference. Sustainable Taro Culture for the Pacific Conference; 1992 Sept 24-25; Honolulu, Hawaii. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii. p. 73-78.
Abstract: In recent years, agricultural research has turned from a concentration on technology improvement (i.e., taro varieties, soils analysis, quick-growing hybrids) to include a concern for the socio-economic context of the study (i.e., the people who will use or benefit from the technology). That the socio-economic perspective should be an integral part of agricultural research has been widely acknowledged, and new data collection techniques have evolved to achieve this based on the principles of participatory theory such as farming systems research and rapid rural appraisal strategies. It is not easy placing research into its socio-economic context. However, if technology is to be accepted, used, and passed on, it is essential that this is done at each level of the research process. This will require that we approach our research with an open mind, that we ask the right question, and focus our research according to the answers we gain. The information dissemination networks we establish as we interact with farmers will ensure that knowledge is exchanged. However, there must also be a concerted systematic extension program if a wider group of people are to benefit from research findings.
Series/Report No.: Research Extension Series
Pages/Duration: 6 pages
ISSN: 0271-9916
Keywords: agricultural research, interviews, on-farm research, research methods, sociology, technology transfer

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