Documentation and systematisation

There is a lot to learn from field experiences in family farming and agroecology. But rarely do people take the time to analyse and write down these lessons. What works and what doesn’t? What factors help in achieving success? How do we share these insights in a convincing and attractive way that can help to amplify successful practices? These are some of the questions we ask when systematising field experiences.

ILEIA offers training in systematising experiences that include coaching of collective analysis of experiences, as well as of writing and editing processes. We strike a balance between the learning process itself, which contributes to collective knowledge and confidence building, and the outcomes such as written and multimedia publications.

Browse ILEIA’s manual  (PDF) for organising, analysing and documenting field-based information.


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