Engaging Forms for Participation

How can farmers in developing countries have meaningful input into agricultural research that affects their livelihoods?

Together with the research for development NGO Bioversity, we are working on a participatory science approach called ‘Tricot:’ In Tricot, farmers try out and report their experiences with three varieties of new seeds or other innovations on their local farms. However, most of this work still happens with simple paper forms, and gives farmers little initial say over what kinds of seeds or other innovations should be developed and trialled to begin with.

In this project, you will be prototyping and testing new, playful, more engaging analog and digital forms for farmer participation in agricultural research together with students and farmers in Kenya.

An opportunity to do fieldwork in Kenya is likely but still to be confirmed.

Required Skills

There are up to 3 places available on this project.  Your skills need to fit with one of the following:

  •  (a) one to two students with a graphic design/interface design background to create and refine prototypes,
  • (b) one student with an HCI background able to conduct user research and user testing.

How to Apply

For more details on the summer school application process (including eligibility and funding), please see the overview page here.


Sebastian Deterding

Jonathan Hook

Jeske van de Gevel, Bioversity