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Chapter 1 - A New Journey

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 October 2011

Li Xiaoyun
Affiliation:
Rural Sociology, and Development Studies
Qi Gubo
Affiliation:
Beijing Agricultural University
Lu Min
Affiliation:
College of Agronomy
Xu Xiuli
Affiliation:
College of Economics and Management
Ronnie Vernooy
Affiliation:
Wageningen Agricultural University
Ronnie Vernooy
Affiliation:
Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
Li Xiaoyun
Affiliation:
Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
Xu Xiuli
Affiliation:
Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
Lu Min
Affiliation:
Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
Qi Gubo
Affiliation:
Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
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‘I am very glad to go on this journey to Ningxia. It's good experience for me. Kutuan village is the hardest place I have ever been.

A week ago, we prepared for the field research. There was much discussion, and our opinions were incorporated into the framework we designed. Now I understand why the course facilitators emphasised the need to ask farmers for their ideas.

During the days in the field, we got to know the farmers. They have their own ideas, interests, and wishes, but they also have problems. Their lives depend on the weather, the sheep, the water, and so on. Most of these factors are hard to control. I don't know what I can do to help them change their lives. They have dreams and are fighting to make them come true. I admire the spirit of the farmers whom we visited. They are unpretending, loyal, and warm-hearted. Even though we were working with them only a few days, I was greatly moved. This experience is a rich treasure in my life.

Communication is very important, not only among our partners, but also between farmers and us. On this journey, I communicated a lot. It helps our work and it helps me understand participatory rural development. Collaboration is a good way to work. Even though a minor conflict arose in our small group, we were able to solve it and finish our work together. We need to do self-examination. […]

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Learning from the Field
Innovating China's Higher Education System
, pp. 1 - 24
Publisher: Foundation Books
Print publication year: 2008

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  • A New Journey
  • Edited by Ronnie Vernooy, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Li Xiaoyun, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Xu Xiuli, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Lu Min, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Qi Gubo, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
  • Book: Learning from the Field
  • Online publication: 26 October 2011
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/UPO9788175968707.003
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  • A New Journey
  • Edited by Ronnie Vernooy, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Li Xiaoyun, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Xu Xiuli, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Lu Min, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Qi Gubo, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
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  • A New Journey
  • Edited by Ronnie Vernooy, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Li Xiaoyun, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Xu Xiuli, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Lu Min, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, Qi Gubo, Senior Programme Specialist, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada
  • Book: Learning from the Field
  • Online publication: 26 October 2011
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/UPO9788175968707.003
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