What is the methodology of ERI?
The ERI approach consists of five main pillars. In the manual, these are organised in 25 small booklets and 17 visual tools covering five core modules:
Participatory Diagnosis (PD) – Farmer groups
assess which resources and opportunities are available to them and how they can use them to achieve their goals. They develop a vision and action plan to realize it.
Participatory Market Research (PMR) – Farmer groups themselves conduct market research to identify and analyse profitable markets and enterprises.
Farmer Participatory Research (FPR) – Farmer groups experiment on their own fields to test which practices, technologies and crop-varieties work best on their farms.
Enterprise Development (ED) – Farmer groups develop profitable enterprises and build sustainable business relations based on simple business plans and market intelligence.
Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation (PME) – Farmer groups keep track of their progress towards achieving their goals and learn from successes and failures.
+ Cross-cutting issues – Gender and environment are integral parts of ERI that cut across all modules.
All training sessions are carefully designed to be simple, participative and accessible to the less educated farmers. Training sessions are combined with mentoring sessions depending on the progress and needs of the farmer groups.