Can agricultural research and extension be used to challenge the processes of exclusion and marginalisation?

This paper examines if and how agricultural researchers and extension officers can see, understand and change processes that exclude some people and influence marginalisation. We used participatory action research (PAR) in a programme building sustainable farming practices for nutrition and income in Solomon Islands as our case study. Two qualitative PAR data streams were analysed: (i) documentation of community activities over three years including action planning, learning activities, training workshops, focus group discussions, key informant and informal interviews and (ii) documentation of the research teams’ own learning and reflection sessions.