Ex-ante Assessment of the Adoption Potential of Innovations in Rainfed Agriculture in South India
Pia Fehle1, Dominic Blättler1, Alessandra Giuliani1, S. Manjubarkavi2, Manjula Menon3, Rengalakshmi Raj3, M. N. Sivakumar4
1Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, Switzerland
Small and marginal farmers in rainfed regions of South India are confronted with erratic rains, droughts, soil nutrient depletion, food and nutritional security issues and economic challenges. There is a need for innovations leading to more productive, sustainable, resilient and economically viable production systems. The BIOFI Network, a research project under the umbrella of the Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (ISCB), aims at the improvement of the rainfed production of two major local crops, namely finger millet (Eleusine coracana) and pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan), by developing and promoting a package of innovations called the BIOFI Package. The technology focuses on the aspects of biofertilisation and bioirrigation in a specified intercropping system of the target crops. An interdisciplinary approach is followed: while biotechnologists strive to optimise the Package on-station, socioeconomic researchers examine farmers' current practices and the adoption potential of the proposed innovations.
Keywords: Adoption of innovations, biofertilisation, bioirrigation, climate change resilience, finger millet, interdisciplinary research, pigeon pea, rainfed agriculture, semi-arid agroecosystems
Contact Address: Pia Fehle, Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH), School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, Länggasse 85, 3052 Zollikofen BE, Switzerland, e-mail: pia.fehlebfh.ch