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# 61: Farmer-Scientist Collaborations

In many areas of the world, and for many reasons, farmers lack the necessary information to improve farm activities. When farmers do receive information about the results of agricultural research, it is not always useful or relevant to their particular circumstances. Sometimes the methods designed to help farmers are unrealistic because they are too costly or rely on inaccessible resources. Or the information might be presented in a very technical way, or in an unfamiliar language. When farmers and scientists work together, farmers get a chance to explain their problems and perspectives. Researchers can respond to problems identified by farmers, and create opportunities for new research that addresses local challenges.