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Farmers' innovation adoption behaviour: role of perceptions and preferences


  • Caroline Roussy
  • Aude Ridier
  • Karim Chaib


One way for grain farmers to reconcile productivity with environmental protection is to adopt agroecological innovations. These innovations are complex; combining classic agronomic tools with innovative production techniques. Adoption of innovations is a source of additional uncertainty. A number of studies have shown that agronomic, economic and psychosocial determinants affect the adoption decision process. However, few of the determinants identified in the literature appear to be common and applicable to all production contexts. Furthermore, other non-directly observable determinants influence the innovation adoption decision. This paper reviews the recent literature to identify the role of observable and unobservable determinants, such as individual perceptions and preferences, in the agroecological innovation adoption process.

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  • Caroline Roussy & Aude Ridier & Karim Chaib, 2017. "Farmers' innovation adoption behaviour: role of perceptions and preferences," International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 13(2), pages 138-161.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijarge:v:13:y:2017:i:2:p:138-161

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    1. Loic Levi & Obafemi Philippe Koutchade & Laure Latruffe & Aude Ridier, 2018. "Spatial effects in investment decisions: Evidence from French dairy farms," Post-Print hal-02024077, HAL.


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