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Sustainability 2009, 1(1), 81-96; doi:10.3390/su1010081
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Sustainable Agriculture and Innovation Adoption in a Tropical Small-Scale Food Production System: The Case of Yam Minisetts in Jamaica

Received: 20 January 2009; Accepted: 19 March 2009 / Published: 30 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Renewable Agriculture)
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Abstract: Grown in Jamaica since the days of slavery, food yams are major staples in local diets and a significant non-traditional export crop. The cultivation system used today is the same as 300 years ago, with alleged unsustainable practices. A new cultivation system called minisett was introduced in 1985 but the adoption rate twenty four years later is extremely low. This paper analyzes the prospects for the widespread adoption of minisett and sustainable yam cultivation and advocates that greater use be made of farmers’ extensive knowledge of the complex agro-ecological, socio-cultural and economic milieu in which they operate.
Keywords: minisett; innovation diffusion; innovation adoption; sustainable agriculture; yams; yam sticks; local knowledge minisett; innovation diffusion; innovation adoption; sustainable agriculture; yams; yam sticks; local knowledge
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Beckford, C.L. Sustainable Agriculture and Innovation Adoption in a Tropical Small-Scale Food Production System: The Case of Yam Minisetts in Jamaica. Sustainability 2009, 1, 81-96.

AMA Style

Beckford CL. Sustainable Agriculture and Innovation Adoption in a Tropical Small-Scale Food Production System: The Case of Yam Minisetts in Jamaica. Sustainability. 2009; 1(1):81-96.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Beckford, Clinton L. 2009. "Sustainable Agriculture and Innovation Adoption in a Tropical Small-Scale Food Production System: The Case of Yam Minisetts in Jamaica." Sustainability 1, no. 1: 81-96.


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