As climate change aggravates the already serious problem of food
security in developing countries, the role of new technologies to
increase the ability of small farmers to improve their performance
becomes all the more important. Researchers that develop technologies
for small farmers must ensure not only that their results are relevant,
but that they are accessible to those who need them.
The Central Research Team of the DFID Research Into Use project was
tasked to systematise general issues around why farmers make use of the
results from research and how to encourage them to do this. A recent
Review of that project analysed experience of field activities from the
project itself to identify specific conditions necessary to support
No single approach was found that could fast track innovations under all
conditions, but valuable insights were found about key conditions and
strategies that encourage small poor farmers to access and adopt new
farming technologies. This paper tries to summarise some of the lessons.
Thirkell, A.; Wyeth, J. Putting Innovation into Farmer Hands: What Works? (2012) 4 pp.
Putting Innovation into Farmer Hands: What Works?