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Future Internet 2016, 8(2), 25; doi:10.3390/fi8020025

A Methodological Approach to Evaluate Livestock Innovations on Small-Scale Farms in Developing Countries

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Departamento de Producción Animal (Economía Agraria), Universidad de Córdoba, Campus Rabanales, 14014 Córdoba, Spain
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Departamento de Producción Animal, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 02101 Maracay, Venezuela
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Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias (INIFAP), km.3, Ocozocoautla de Espinosa, 29140, Chiapas, Mexico
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Departamento de Economía de la Empresa (Administración, Dirección y Organización), Economía Aplicada II y Fundamentos de Análisis Económico, Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, 28032 Madrid, Spain
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Academic Editor: Jose Ignacio Moreno Novella
Received: 31 December 2015 / Revised: 12 May 2016 / Accepted: 25 May 2016 / Published: 3 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future Intelligent Systems and Networks)
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Abstract

The aim of the study was deepening the knowledge of livestock innovations knowledge on small-scale farms in developing countries. First, we developed a methodology focused on identifying potential appropriate livestock innovations for smallholders and grouped them in innovation areas, defined as a set of well-organized practices with a business purpose. Finally, a process management program (PMP) was evaluated according to the livestock innovation level and viability of the small-scale farms. Logistic regression was used to evaluate the impact of PMP on the economic viability of the farm. Information from 1650 small-scale livestock farms in Mexico was collected and the innovations were grouped in five innovation areas: A1. Management, A2. Feeding, A3. Genetic, A4. Reproduction and A5. Animal Health. The resulting innovation level in the system was low at 45.7% and heterogeneous among areas. This study shows the usefulness of the methodology described and confirms that implementing a PMP allows improving the viability an additional 21%, due to a better integration of processes, resulting in more efficient management. View Full-Text
Keywords: viability; dynamic capabilities; relational coordination; learning curve of innovation viability; dynamic capabilities; relational coordination; learning curve of innovation
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García-Martínez, A.; Rivas-Rangel, J.; Rangel-Quintos, J.; Espinosa, J.A.; Barba, C.; de-Pablos-Heredero, C. A Methodological Approach to Evaluate Livestock Innovations on Small-Scale Farms in Developing Countries. Future Internet 2016, 8, 25.

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