Rice postharvest learning alliance in Cambodia: comparison of assumptions and implementation of a network approach

Rica Joy Flor*, Cees Leeuwis, Harro Maat, Martin Gummert

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Abstract

Research projects employ the learning alliance (LA) approach but there is scepticism that its rhetoric is not evident in practice. The authors examined a case of an implemented LA, comparing its outcomes with assumptions from the project and its conceptual design to evaluate the implementation of an LA. Data were from interviews and network maps of actors involved, as well as farmers and town-level actors in Battambang and Pursat, Cambodia. An LA approach can promote actor–network processes that target social, technical, and institutional reordering. Assumptions about the approach, however, may lead projects to emphasize scaling out and direct efforts away from processes that enable innovation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-507
JournalJournal of Development Effectiveness
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • action theories
  • innovation
  • Learning alliance
  • networks
  • rice postharvest
  • theories of change

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