Source: FAO
This SEAGA Field Handbook is written for development agents who work directly with local communities in developing countries. It is intended for outsiders such as extensionists, government and non-government field workers, and private- and public-sector development consultants, and for insiders such as community organisers and leaders of local groups and institutions.

The purpose of this Handbook is to support participatory development planning at the community level. Using the tools provided in this Handbook will help outsiders and insiders to work together to:
❏ Identify key development patterns,
❏ Understand the livelihood strategies of different people, and
❏ Build consensus about development priorities and action plans.
This SEAGA Field Handbook incorporates ideas and methods from people of all regions of the world who share a commitment to participatory development. It is based on actual experiences in agriculture, forestry and fisheries, but can be used by those working in all sectors of rural development. While building on earlier learnings, there are three things that are different about this Handbook.

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