The art of letting go: Transforming participatory research on adaptation practices among local livestock-keepers in East Africa in times of Covid-19
Participatory action research puts high emphasis on the interaction of the research participants. However, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the central role of researchers in participatory research processes had to be questioned and revisited.
New modes of participatory action research developed dynamically under the new circumstances created by the pandemic. To better understand how COVID-19 changed the way participatory action research is applied, we analysed participatory action research in agricultural research for development carried out in the Programme for Climate-Smart Livestock Systems implemented by the International Livestock Research Institute at five research sites in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.