Innovation Diffusion in Conservation Agriculture: A Network Approach uri icon

abstract

  • While discussions promoting networks as a means of enhancing innovation have increased in the past decade, methods for analysing real-world networks for developing countries remain largely undeveloped. In this study, data from stakeholders involved in conservation agriculture (CA) were used to analyse innovations and innovators using a network approach. Results indicate that farmers learn mainly from other farmers, whereas practices are learned from different sources or pathways and adopted step by step. CA is not a package and principles are applied depending on the local context. Actors in the network play different roles in knowledge creation and acquisition. A distinction can be made between prescribed networks where formal relations and vertical structures predominate, and emerging networks based mainly on informal relations and a horizontal knowledge structure. The main conclusion is that applying network analysis helps to identify key stakeholders and facilitate assertive and effective network orchestration.

publication date

  • 2016
  • 2016