Defying the Odds to Learn Innovative Farming in Uganda: Experiences of Small-Scale Farmers from Bududa District

Michael David Sumani, Blackson Kanukisya Kanukisya, John Mpoki Mwaikokesya


This study examined the learning processes undertaken by small-scale
farmers to navigate their way through the challenges of achieving innovative
farming practices. Experiential learning theory underpinned the study. A
qualitative case study was conducted in Bududa District in Uganda where
data was collected from 22 farmers through interviews and focus group
discussions (FGDs). Findings revealed that farmers’ learning process
involved experiencing, reflecting, thinking and doing. The process did
not follow a fixed pattern, but slightly varied depending on the source of
learning. Therefore, this study recommends that agencies offering farmer
education ought to adopt approaches that enable farmers to learn by
reflecting on their experiences, challenge the status quo and critically
think of the best farming practices to be adopted.
Keywords: adult learning, innovative farming practices, small-scalefarmers

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