Can farm management advice to small-scale farmers trigger strategic thinking to innovate?

De Romemont Aurelle, Macombe Catherine, Faure Guy. 2018. Can farm management advice to small-scale farmers trigger strategic thinking to innovate?. Journal of Innovation Economics and Management (25) : pp. 119-138.

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Abstract : The aim of this article is to understand how advisory services addressing farm management issues can foster strategic thinking. We consider that the evolution of strategic thinking is related to the concept of proactivity. In Benin, we analyzed the impact of learning processes triggered by an approach called “management advice for family farms” (MAFF) with a sample of 19 farmers. By providing technical and management training, the MAFF approach enables farmers to better understand their environment, assess their situation, and act differently. The participants' strategic thinking evolved after one year of participation in MAFF activities. This evolution is partially dependent on the level of resources or level of education of the participants. However, the level of proactivity before the training is a strong element influencing the intensity of the learning process.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Exploitation agricole familiale, Petite exploitation agricole, Développement agricole, Politique de développement, Aide à la décision, approches participatives, Innovation, Conseiller agricole, Financement

Mots-clés complémentaires : Politique publique

Classification Agris : E20 - Organization, administration and management of agricultural enterprises or farms
E14 - Development economics and policies

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 5 (2014-2018) - Action publique pour le développement

Auteurs et affiliations

  • De Romemont Aurelle, Montpellier SupAgro (FRA)
  • Macombe Catherine, IRSTEA (FRA)
  • Faure Guy, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-8327-6085

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