In 1987 a meeting of 50 social and natural scientists proved a defining moment in the development of farmer participation in agricultural research. Now the Future Agricultures Consortium in association the STEPS Centre and IDS is hosting an international workshop, Farmer First Revisited, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the event.

The FFR website contains delegate papers, links to an innovative wiki-timeline, which tracks 20 years of farmer participation in agricultural research adn extension, and the event’s own blog, so do have a look and join in the debate.

Meanwhile, Ian Scoones, one of the organisers of FFR and a co-director of STEPS has written about some of the issue to be discussed at next week’s workshop for id21. Have a read.