Collaborative innovation- Farmers & Scientists not Farmers vs Scientists
This article below clearly illustrates the capacity farmers have for innovation. Many farmers have local knowledge and historic knowledge which often gets ignored by scientists who have a view such knowledge is irrelevant. Although this knowledge may be anecdotal and at times unreplicated as they say where there is smoke there is a potential for fire. Young agricultural scientists should take note of this knowledge base and work with the farmers by overlapping the scientific methodology to enable testing of the knowledge. Although some organizations are practising what is called a participatory breeding, I believe it has limited applicability as one need three Rs in research Repeatability, Reproducibility and Replication. However caution should be exercised while using such knowledge and understand the cause and effect and separate the two aspects rather than blindly follow it.