Special Issue on Effectiveness of Farmer-to-Farmer Information Sharing on Dissemination of Agricultural Innovations

Submission Deadline: Mar. 10, 2020

This special issue currently is open for paper submission and guest editor application.

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  • Special Issue Editor
    • Putri Ernawati Abidin
      Department of Agriculture, Non-profit NGO, Reputed Agriculture for Development, Wageningen, Netherlands
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    • Edward Ewing Carey
      Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources, K-State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
    • Kwadwo Adofo
      Department of Root & Tuber, Csir-Crops Research Institute, Kumasi, Ghana
    • Prince Maxwell Etwire
      Department of Socioeconomics, CSIR-Savanna Agricultural Research Institute, Tamale, Ghana
    • Didiek Goenadi
      Indonesia Research Institute for Biotechnology and Bioindustry, Bogor, Indonesia
    • Suleimane A Adekambi
      University Institute of Technology, University of Parakao, Parakao, Benin
    • Satriyas Ilyas
      Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, Indonesia
  • Introduction

    The development of the agricultural technology has existed since the dawn or agriculture. Farmers could improve their skills and knowledge mostly from meeting or talking with fellow farmers, or through the local knowledge of cultural inheritance. In the last few years, theories of change and scaling were introduced to support the monitoring, learning and evaluation of whether research outcomes are meeting the objectives or vision of a project. There is evidence that farmers like to copy successful projects implemented in their areas and are willing to adopt it when they think it can benefit them. The seeing-doing-believing principle would be most likely applied to farmers in adopting new technology. Actually, this positive behavior of change of farmers together with their willingness to spontaneously help in the process of technology scaling still need attention by extension programs, NGOs and development planners. This is worthy of study as this farmer-to-farmer approach can be a low-cost element of scaling efforts, particularly in the case of new introductions of technology innovation packages. Our recent studies in Ghana and Burkina Faso on sand storage of sweetpotato, an innovation package of technologies for scaling, measured farmer-to-farmer information exchange in the scaling of this technology. The project asked trained farmers as beneficiaries, to become scaling champions, although there was no funding available to support their down-stream effort. We assessed the effectiveness of this approach as part of our learning and evaluation of the project. The results indicated willingness of farmers to scale out the technology and generated valuable information which can be used for the future efforts. There is a need to take specific factors into consideration in designing projects for scaling using farmer-to-farmer approaches at low/basic, intermediate, and widespread scaling should emphasize the importance of the technology or innovation being promoted.
    This special issue is to document farmer involvement in the dissemination and scaling of innovations in agricultural practices, technologies and innovation packages. Original research papers are solicited on any aspect of innovative agricultural research and technology scaling using farmer-participatory approaches, including gender aspects of such efforts. Exploration of superior local-specific knowledge would be considered among the topic in this issue.
    Aims and Scope:
    1. Agricultural innovation technology
    2. Agriculture, nutrition and health
    3. Farmers-to-farmers information or talk
    4. Farmers institution and community development
    5. Supply chain analysis of agricultural products
    6. Dissemination and training

  • Guidelines for Submission

    Manuscripts can be submitted until the expiry of the deadline. Submissions must be previously unpublished and may not be under consideration elsewhere.

    Papers should be formatted according to the guidelines for authors (see: http://www.ijaas.org/submission). By submitting your manuscripts to the special issue, you are acknowledging that you accept the rules established for publication of manuscripts, including agreement to pay the Article Processing Charges for the manuscripts. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the online manuscript submission system at http://www.sciencepublishinggroup.com/login. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website.

  • Published Papers

    The special issue currently is open for paper submission. Potential authors are humbly requested to submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript by clicking here.

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