New Publication: Disruptive Innovation in Agriculture: socio-cultural factors in technology adoption in the developing world.
- Top left: Cocoa Pod Borer moth
- Top right: Burial pit for cocoa pods infested with Cocoa Pod Borer
- Middle right: The mottled colouring of a cocoa pod infested with Cocoa Pod Borer
- Bottom: Cocoa Pod Borer larva on the surface of a cocoa pod
In this paper, we present four case studies of technology adoption and rejection from different parts of the developing world. We explore how different socio-cultural and agro‐ecological contexts shape smallholders’ decisions relating to the adoption of new technologies. We illustrate how socio-cultural, institutional and environmental factors influence adoption and show the value of examining proposed innovations and technologies in terms of their capacity to undermine or strengthen indigenous socio-cultural values as a way of understanding potential points of resistance or pathways to adoption.
Curry, G.N., Nake, S., Koczberski, G., Oswald, M., Rafflegeau, S., Lummani, J., Peter, E. and Nailina, R. (2021). Disruptive innovation in agriculture: socio-cultural factors in technology adoption in the developing world. Rural Studies 88, 422-431. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.07.022
- Left: A stone being used to remove the outer skin of coffee cherries – 6 hours to pulp a 60 kg bag of cherry
- Top right: A hand pulper being used to remove the outer skin of coffee cherries – 30 minutes to pulp a 60 kg bag of cherry
- Bottom right: An ecopulper which removes the outer skin and mucilage in a single operation – 12 mins to pulp a 60 kg bag of cherry
Cocoassie yam (Dioscorea praehensilis) mounds in a cocoa smallholding in Ivory Coast. The yam vine is growing up the trunk of a shade tree.