Special Issue "Farmers’ Adoption of Agricultural Innovations and Their Impact"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marta Monjardino
Guest Editor
CSIRO Waite Campus, PMB 2, Glen Osmond, SA 5064, Australia
Interests: agricultural economics; farming systems; sustainable intensification; crop-livestock trade-offs; bio-economic modelling; risk analysis; adoption and impact of innovations; food and nutrition security; research for development
Dr. Geoff Kuehne
Guest Editor
Rural Innovation Research Group, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia
Interests: Dr. Kuehne has a long practical experience of agriculture, and of learning about developed and developing country farmers by listening to what they say about their lives, their problems, and their hopes for the future. He developed the ADOPT tool which helps users to examine and understand farmers’ adoption of technologies and practice changes. His interests are focused on why farmers make the decisions they do, especially at times of uncertainty, such as with climate change, government reforms, and reduced resource availability. His current research interests include barriers and constraints to adoption and farmer decision-making.
Dr. Khondoker Abdul Mottaleb
Guest Editor
Socioeconomics Program, CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), 56237 Texcoco, México
Interests: agricultural economics; agricultural policy; foresight and targeting; impact assessment; modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The adoption of innovations (i.e., new technologies and practices) is critical to the ongoing development of agriculture. Agricultural innovations are key drivers in the sustainable intensification of systems, potentially leading to increases in productivity, input use efficiency, profitability, resilience, and/or food and nutritional security. However, before these potential benefits are unlocked, farmers must decide to adopt the innovations, depending on a broad and complex range of factors. Disappointing adoption rates of agricultural innovations can often be explained by a combination of enabling environments, economic drivers, risk factors, broader social context, extension efforts, level of farmer engagement, and sometimes the technologies themselves. The important aim of achieving impact (economic, social, and/or environmental) follows on from the successful adoption of the innovations.

This Special Issue focuses on new knowledge about the adoption of agricultural innovations and the impacts of that adoption, both in developed and developing country contexts. This can take a number of forms, including but not limited to:

  • Examination of drivers or barriers to adoption;
  • Experience of adoption successes and failures;
  • Diffusion or communication of innovations in a social system;
  • Farmer information seeking;
  • Farmer decision-making;
  • Relative advantage of innovations;
  • Dis-adoption or partial adoption;
  • Impact pathways;
  • Participatory processes for developing innovations;
  • Agricultural innovation systems;
  • Novel methodological approaches to adoption research.

The call is open to all who are interested in this topic.

Dr. Marta Monjardino
Dr. Geoff Kuehne
Dr. Khondoker Abdul Mottaleb
Guest Editors

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  • adoption
  • diffusion
  • farmer
  • smallholder
  • innovation
  • agriculture
  • decision
  • economics
  • risk
  • relative advantage
  • impact pathways
  • agricultural innovation systems

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Farmers’ Attitudes towards Risk—An Empirical Study from Poland
Agronomy 2020, 10(10), 1555; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10101555 - 13 Oct 2020
Risk aversion is an important research area in the field of agricultural economics in the last years. Creating effective and efficient risk management tools in an increasingly volatile economic and natural environment requires proper recognition of farmers’ behavior and attitudes towards risk. In [...] Read more.
Risk aversion is an important research area in the field of agricultural economics in the last years. Creating effective and efficient risk management tools in an increasingly volatile economic and natural environment requires proper recognition of farmers’ behavior and attitudes towards risk. In this context, the main aim of the paper was to estimate farmers’ attitudes towards risk and identification of farm’s and farmer’s characteristics in dependency on risk aversion level. The assessment of farmers’ preferences towards risk was based on hypothetical games in a representative sample of 600 Polish farms—participants of Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN). Based on the interviews with farmers, a relative risk aversion coefficient has been estimated. Results revealed that on average Polish farmers have quite a strong risk aversion. Their attitudes towards risk are strongly linked with their self-assessment regarding their way of making decisions under risk. Some relations between farmers’ risk aversion and perception of selected risk factors could also be observed. The results revealed that the application of specified risk management tools by farmers and their potential reaction to a significant income drop are related to risk aversion level. Full article
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