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Research Call

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DAFM Award

DAFM National Call 2011 11 S 148 Teagasc (NUIG) € 199,463

Project Title:

Understanding and Facilitating Farmers Adoption of Technologies

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Kevin Heanue

Project Abstract

This project seeks not only to improve knowledge of commercial farmers’ motivations surrounding technology and best practice adoption but to go further, and through the application of participatory methods, to use that knowledge to affect change for farmers. The overall objective of this study is to use a Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) methodology and techniques (involving farmers, knowledge transfer agents, production scientists) for the co-design of a flexible extension template that will inform groupbased extension methods such as discussion groups targeted at optimising farmers’ use of technology and best practice. The outcome of the PLA process will a) help promote farmers’ identification/adoption/adaptation of optimal technological solutions for them, and b) reduce the discontinuance of technologies. Learning arising from the PLA process will be transferrable to key Knowledge Transfer programmes critical to achieving the goals of Food Harvest 2020, i.e. the Dairy Efficiency Programme (DEP), and the Beef Technology Adoption Programme (BTAP). The project has three aims. First, to maximise the adoption of key specified production technologies and practices. Second, to reduce the discontinuance of technologies and practices once adopted. Third, from a pragmatic point of view, to facilitate farmers to combine their existing knowledge, technologies and practices with the knowledge, technologies and practices specified by Knowledge Transfer Actors (i.e. farm advisors, technicians, etc. ) to increase the usefulness and benefits of technologies to farmer end-users. These integrated aims have the objective of optimising farm-level output and efficiency through enhanced technology/practice adoption among farmers.

Final Report:

Not available yet.