Farmer Adoption of Plot- and Farm-level Natural Resource Management Practices: Between Rhetoric and Reality

There is a significant gap between the rhetoric of claims about adoption of farm-level natural resource management practices and the reality. New empirical evidence of low adoption from several developing countries suggests that on-farm natural resource management practices face significant constraints to adoption, and that they deliver heterogeneous private and public benefits. Five recommendations are given to the research community related to: targeting; scaling-up; the proper role of research; trajectories of diffusion; and measurement of environmental impacts.

Stevenson, J., Vanlauwe, B, Macours, K., Johnson, N., Krishnan, L., Place, F., Spielman, D., Hughes, K., and Vlek, P. (2019). Farmer adoption of plot- and farm-level natural resource management practices: Between rhetoric and reality. Global Food Security, 20:101-104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2019.01.003