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dc.contributor.authorMoore, Keith M.en
dc.contributor.authorSwenson, S.en
dc.coverage.spatialGhanaen
dc.coverage.spatialBrazilen
dc.coverage.spatialUnited Statesen
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-19T19:46:30Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-19T19:46:30Zen
dc.date.issued2009en
dc.identifier4263en
dc.identifier.citationPresented at the International Meeting of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Dearborn, MI, 13 July 2009en
dc.identifier.other4263_2009SWCSMooreCAChallenges_1.ppsen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/68501en
dc.description.abstractConservation agriculture (CA) has been trumpeted as the solution for reducing soil degradation and increasing agricultural productivity throughout the world. Some farmland settings, such as in Brazil and the United States, have achieved high levels of CA adoption while other locations, such as in Africa, have little permanent adoption. A close review of the literature on adoption of CA technologies indicates that smallholder farmers are unlikely to adopt the practices that commercial farmers have so readily embraced. Locally constructed networks may support the development and diffusion of CA knowledge among smallholders. Networks can also provide access to resources for smallholder farmers since successful implementation of CA technologies requires farmers to increase the intensity of their farming. A series of hypotheses about conditions for the adoption of CA among smallholder farmers are examined. These hypotheses are grouped into four broad categories concerning inputs, delivery mechanisms, farm and farmer circumstances, and likely benefit streams as they apply to smallholders. This exercise is based on extensive case studies, characterizing CA innovation and diffusion among smallholders. The presentation introduces a model highlighting the main components of the generic CA system in order to identify the main obstacles impeding the successful adoption of conservation agriculture and the best bet hypotheses to be pursued in future attempts.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/vnd.ms-powerpointen
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherBlacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech, Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED)en
dc.relation.urihttp://www.oired.vt.edu/sanremcrsp/Meetings/SWCSSymposium.phpen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectConservation agricultureen
dc.subjectFarmer field schoolsen
dc.subjectCommunity managementen
dc.subjectSocial capitalen
dc.subjectSoil conservationen
dc.subjectFarmer to farmeren
dc.subjectCommunity participationen
dc.subjectAdoption of innovationsen
dc.subjectAdaptive managementen
dc.subjectInnovationen
dc.subjectKnowledge networksen
dc.subjectTechnological framesen
dc.subjectHypothesesen
dc.subjectDelivery mechanismsen
dc.subjectFarm/Enterprise Scaleen
dc.titleChallenges and opportunities for smallholder adoption of conservation agricultureen
dc.typePresentationen
dc.contributor.departmentSustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (SANREM) Knowledgebaseen
dc.description.notesME (Management Entity)en
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten


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