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Tropentag, September 14 - 16, 2022, Prague

"Can agroecological farming feed the world? Farmers' and academia's views."


Designing regional akis to enhance the adoption of agroecological innovations by small farmers in Angola and Zambia

José Rosário1, Lívia Madureira1, Carlos Marques2

1University of Trás-os- Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies (CETRAD), Dept. of Economics, Sociology, and Management (DESG), Portugal
2Universidade de Évora, Mediterranean Inst. for Agriculture, Environment and Development (MED), Portugal


Abstract


Small-scale farming in SSA faces pervasive problems, both natural, institutional,
socioeconomic and political. The potential of sustainable agriculture based on agroecology to tackle those problems is underestimated across SSA, particularly in Angola. A key piece to enhance agroecological innovations dissemination is access to knowledge and interactive learning. Hence, the main goal of this research is designing a regional (meso-scale) AKIS (Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System) to enhance the adoption of agroecological innovations by small farmers in Angola, learning from the experience of neighbour country, Zambia. Survey data from small family producers will be modelled with structural equation
model (SEM) and with discrete choice modelling. The research will build on a two-country case study cross-comparison, by selecting case studies in Angola and Zambia. The novelty of this research is to build the AKIS design on the understanding of the intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing smallholders decision-making respecting the uptake these innovations.


Keywords: Africa, agricultural, agroecological innovation, knowledge and innovation systems (AKIS), willingness to adopt


Contact Address: José Rosário, University of Trás-os- Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Centre for Transdisciplinary Development Studies (CETRAD), Dept. of Economics, Sociology, and Management (DESG), Quinta de Prados, Vila Real, Portugal, e-mail: josevictorino1@hotmail.com


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