The PIP approach is an inclusive bottom-up approach that engages people in environmental stewardship and sustainable change. In East Africa, it has motivated thousands of farmers to tackle land degradation and invest in their land. Based on their PIP, the households’ Participatory Integrated Plan, these farmer families become actors of change, determent to make their vision become reality: a more resilient farm as the foundation for a more sustainable future.
PIP key lessons
- Empowering people is essential: facilitate people to become actors of change, by enhancing their intrinsic motivation, building on local capacities, and by not using incentives.
- Development starts at household level: facilitate households to visualise their vision in a plan, and foster concrete joint action by capacity building and gender equality.
- Tangible improvements are key: focus on achievable goals that generate short-term visible impact, based on better planning, integration of practices, and good land stewardship.
- Mobilising people creates impetus: stimulate farmer-to-farmer exchanges to mobilise whole villages, and enhance collaboration, social cohesion and trust.
- Impact requires institutional engagement: train staff of (implementing) organisations and (local) authorities in PIP principles, to provide enabling conditions for scaling and impact.