Bridging science and development

lessons learnt from two decades of development research

D. Callo-Concha, M. Denich, J. P.A. Lamers, A. Schwachula, A. K. Hornidge, Asia Khamzina, C. Borgemeister

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This paper presents the theoretical, operational and implementation premises that guide the development research agenda of the Center of Development Research (ZEF), exemplified by three agroforestry-related case studies. First, the importance, assumptions, conditions and priorities for development research in the context of developing countries are reviewed. Second, the three core premises of ZEF’s research approach, (1) transdisciplinary to carry out research on real-life problems, (2) symmetrical partnerships with local stakeholders to sustain ground activities and ensure implementation, and (3) capacity development to warrant future competences, are exposed. Third, these premises are exemplified and mirrored in three agroforestry-related case-studies: (1) slash-and-burn agriculture in the Brazilian Amazon, (2) socio-ecological management of coffee-agroforests in Ethiopia, and (3) afforestation with multipurpose tree species in Uzbekistan. The paper concludes by streamlining the theoretical and practical premises exposed with the presented case-studies, and confirming how these have guided ZEF in the planning, implementation and continuation of development research programs. Although ZEF’s approach to development research is dynamic and continuously subject to assessment, its core remains guiding even after two decades of implementation, appearing to be a suitable pathway for reaching development objectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)799-810
Number of pages12
JournalAgroforestry Systems
Volume91
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 1

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agroforestry
case studies
Uzbekistan
multipurpose trees
shifting cultivation
afforestation
coffee
research programs
Ethiopia
stakeholders
research program
science
developing countries
stakeholder
planning
developing world
agriculture

Keywords

  • Capacity building
  • Development research
  • Interdisciplinary
  • International partnership
  • Transdisciplinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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Callo-Concha, D., Denich, M., Lamers, J. P. A., Schwachula, A., Hornidge, A. K., Khamzina, A., & Borgemeister, C. (2017). Bridging science and development: lessons learnt from two decades of development research. Agroforestry Systems, 91(5), 799-810. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10457-016-0008-y

Bridging science and development : lessons learnt from two decades of development research. / Callo-Concha, D.; Denich, M.; Lamers, J. P.A.; Schwachula, A.; Hornidge, A. K.; Khamzina, Asia; Borgemeister, C.

In: Agroforestry Systems, Vol. 91, No. 5, 01.10.2017, p. 799-810.

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Callo-Concha, D, Denich, M, Lamers, JPA, Schwachula, A, Hornidge, AK, Khamzina, A & Borgemeister, C 2017, 'Bridging science and development: lessons learnt from two decades of development research', Agroforestry Systems, vol. 91, no. 5, pp. 799-810. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10457-016-0008-y
Callo-Concha, D. ; Denich, M. ; Lamers, J. P.A. ; Schwachula, A. ; Hornidge, A. K. ; Khamzina, Asia ; Borgemeister, C. / Bridging science and development : lessons learnt from two decades of development research. In: Agroforestry Systems. 2017 ; Vol. 91, No. 5. pp. 799-810.
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