Pinnacle Agricultural Research & Management

(ISSN: 2360-9451)

December 2013, Vol. 1 (2).

© Author(s) 2013. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


An Evaluation of Participatory Research: the Case of Maize Growers in Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

Wole Kinati1, K.P.M Chinna2 &  Adam Bekele3

Oromia Agricultural Research Institute,

2Assistant Professor,
Haramaya University,

3Senior Researcher
Ethiopia Institute of Agricultural Research,

Accepted 13 December, 2013; Available Online 23 December, 2013


In the course of institutionalizing participatory research in the research system of the country for tangible impact on the client, the project on “Strengthening Technology Development, Verification, Transfer and Adoption through Farmers Research Group (FRG)” was implemented from 2004 to 2009. A group of farmers were established as maize FRG working on maize improvement in two districts. In order to evaluate the impact of the intervention by analyzing the changes observed as a result of the intervention, a cross sectional data were collected from a total of 180 randomly identified participants and non-participants. The results of inferential statistics performed revealed that there is a statistically significant difference between program and non-program participant households in terms of major cultivation practices. Program participants are found to have more productivity and income as compared to their counterparts. Further analysis is recommended using appropriate econometric models that addresses differences due to other factor.

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