Preparing the Ground: Social research for facilitation of sustainable agriculture (2004)

Brown, A


This CRC report presents the results of the project on social research for facilitation of sustainable agriculture. The project was investigating the theoretical influences influencing informing an agricultural extension paradigm designed to serve as a guideline for facilitation of sustainable agriculture. The paper analyses an ecological knowledge system, an actor orientated perspective of rural development, sociology and anthropology and the approaching of facilitation of sustainability.  The conclusion of the investigation was that critical gaps were identified including an initial stake holder analysis is recommended to secure the basis of facilitation. The was seen as necessary due to the complexity and contestation surrounding the issue of sustainability. The author does concluded that no guidelines to conduct a preparatory analysis are provided by advocates of the extension paradigm. This paper has provided guidelines to conduct such an analysis.