Participatory Action Research with the Seed and Knowledge Initiative: Gleanings from the field

Participatory Action Research with the Seed and Knowledge Initiative: Gleanings from the field

In this short series of blog posts, Witness Kozanayi reflects on doing Participatory Action Research (PAR) with selected Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI) partners in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Local PAR facilitator chairing a community meeting, Saurombe, Chimanimani, Zimbabwe. Credit: W. Kozanayi


This series relates to the experiences of actors involved in the Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI) Participatory Action Research (PAR) process. Over the coming months Witness will be sharing highlights from the SKI PAR process, covering the key capacity building activities conducted from October 2021 up to August 2022. This will take the form of a series of five brief pieces covering the genesis of the PAR approach within SKI, partners’ impressions of the approach, as well as challenges encountered in using the PAR approach.

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Seed and Knowledge Initiative

The Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI) is a dynamic partnership of diverse southern African organisations committed to securing food sovereignty in the region.

We work with smallholder farmers to become more seed, food and nutritionally secure through farmer-led seed systems, improved crop diversity, and the revival of local knowledge systems. While we have relationships with a number of organisations and individuals all over the world, our primary stakeholders are the farmers we work with in Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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