Next week, we`ll be visiting smallholder farmers at Patía in Cauca department to carry out mapping exercises, walking interviews and semi-structured interviews to establish current farmers’ practices to assess forage health and productivity; understand how they make pasture-improvement decisions and how much of a concern forage productivity is for them. Attitudes and eventual barriers to the use of new technology will be explored, along with different personal and contextual factors: socio-economic, agro-ecological, institutional, farmer’s perception, behavioral and technological factors.
After some trial and error and conversion from ISO to ANSI paper sizes we got our posters printed. Dr Marcela Ramos displaying some of the initial attempts and the final outputs (copy of El País newspaper for scale!). These will be used to help identify how smallholders can benefit from incorporating information derived from remote sensing into their practice, from their perspective. Satellite, UAV and in situ measurements will also be collected at five farms in this region to supplement the dataset being acquired at CIAT headquarters.