Agricultural innovations: which farmer(s) should we target?

Professor Erwin Bulte, Wageningen University

Start Date: 24 July 2012 |   End Date: 01 April 2016

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This project will investigate if the selection of farmers chosen to promote new agricultural technologies has an effect and impact on technology diffusion and development.  

In the case study country of Democratic Republic of Congo, local field officers will research current selection methods, identify limitations in reaching vulnerable sub groups and promote the use of improved crop varieties. The results of the study will be used to design an improved selection method which will then be implemented in 30 randomly selected villages.  Detailed data will be collected before and after intervention at both village and household level and additional analyses will provide detailed insights into technology diffusion through social networks.

This research will find out if improved methods lead to enhanced diffusion of knowledge on new varieties of crops. It will also allow agricultural development programs to increase their reach amongst rural African smallholders and find out how to better target vulnerable subgroups in rural societies.