Towards Farmer-led Research

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EFAO recently published a review and summary-to-date of farmer-led research. Towards Farmer-led Research: A Guidebook is written by EFAO and graduate students with the Food from Thought program at the Arrell Food Institute, University of Guelph.

The guidebook is a culmination of the students’ internship with EFAO during which they collected data about farmer-researchers’ experiences and learned about the capacity of farmer-led research as a mechanism for grassroots change in agriculture and rural communities.

It describes what farmer-led research is and why it is important; and summarizes four other farmer-led research programs to show the diversity in program structure and support. Finally, it dives a bit deeper into EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program. It is by no means comprehensive or complete – more of a first summary of lessons learned from starting EFAO’s program in 2016.

The capacity required for a farmer-led research program has EFAO staff exploring the model of EFAO’s Farmer-led Research Program helping other organizations provide support for farmer-led research, like a hub of networks.

Please feel free to share with your networks and don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sarah ( with any questions.