Identifying Local Stakeholders’
Research Priorities: Methodological
Local stakeholders’ priorities for research in agriculture and natural resource management were a primary consideration in a long-term collaborative research program on “Sustainable land use and rural development in mountainous regions of Southeast Asia”. The project implemented by the University of Hohenheim, Germany, in cooperation with four Thai and four Vietnamese research and teaching institutions used the concept of ranking to enable male and female farmers in selected villages to set their own priorities for the following five-year period.
Various pictures representing a whole range of agricultural and non-agricultural subjects were shown to these farmers. They were then asked to distribute maize seeds on the pictures. The more seeds they placed on a picture, the higher they prioritized the topic. The procedure started with general topics, such as health, education, agriculture and forestry (Figure 1).