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Title: Identifying potential adopters of an agricultural innovation
Contributor(s): Kaine, Geoffrey (author); Wright, Victor  (author); Cooksey, Ray W  (author); Bewsell, Denise (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: The return to public investment in agricultural research depends, in part, on the extent to which primary producers adopt the products of that research. Thus, maximising the return to investment in agricultural research involves identifying what research products are likely to be adopted by primary producers and by how many, and determining what processes are required to ensure the diffusion of research products among producers is as rapid as possible. In effect, adoption can be better targeted by identifying the relevant population of potential adopters and determining what processes will accelerate diffusion through that population. In this chapter, a method for identifying the population of potential adopters of an agricultural innovation is described. In essence, it is a process for discovering how agricultural innovations contribute to satisfying the needs of managers of agricultural enterprises. The method allows the population of potential adopters to be classified into benefit segments on the basis that producers with different farm contexts obtain different benefits from an innovation. The method is illustrated by application to a case study in horticulture. The fit of the method with the major paradigms in agricultural extension is discussed.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Changing Land Management: Adoption of New Practices by Rural Landholders, p. 69-86
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Place of Publication: Collingwood, Australia
ISBN: 9780643102279
Field of Research (FOR): 070106 Farm Management, Rural Management and Agribusiness
150307 Innovation and Technology Management
070102 Agricultural Land Planning
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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