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dc.contributor.authorMoore, Keith M.
dc.contributor.authorSwenson, S.
dc.coverage.spatialGhana
dc.coverage.spatialBrazil
dc.coverage.spatialUnited States
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-19T19:46:30Z
dc.date.available2016-04-19T19:46:30Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier4263
dc.identifier.citationPresented at the International Meeting of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Dearborn, MI, 13 July 2009
dc.identifier.other4263_2009SWCSMooreCAChallenges_1.pps
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/68501
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.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/vnd.ms-powerpoint
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherBlacksburg, VA: Virginia Tech, Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED)
dc.relation.urihttp://www.oired.vt.edu/sanremcrsp/Meetings/SWCSSymposium.php
dc.subjectConservation agriculture
dc.subjectFarmer field schools
dc.subjectCommunity management
dc.subjectSocial capital
dc.subjectSoil conservation
dc.subjectFarmer to farmer
dc.subjectCommunity participation
dc.subjectAdoption of innovations
dc.subjectAdaptive management
dc.subjectInnovation
dc.subjectKnowledge networks
dc.subjectTechnological frames
dc.subjectHypotheses
dc.subjectDelivery mechanisms
dc.subjectFarm/Enterprise Scale
dc.titleChallenges and opportunities for smallholder adoption of conservation agriculture
dc.typePresentation
dc.description.notesME (Management Entity)
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