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What really matters? A qualitative analysis on the adoption of innovations in agriculture

Pignatti, Erika; Carli, Giacomo and Canavari, Maurizio (2015). What really matters? A qualitative analysis on the adoption of innovations in agriculture. Journal of Agricultural Informatics, 6(4)

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The agricultural industry is confronted with the need of increasing the production to feed a growing population, and contemporarily to manage the decreased availability of natural resources. This major challenge boosts agriculture sector to adopt new approaches and technical innovations; anyway, the adoption of innovations in agriculture is not immediate, due to the interaction of many drivers that impact on individuals and enterprises’ decisions. This paper aims at providing a list of drivers for the adoption of technological innovations in agriculture, on the basis of the outcomes of in-depth interviews and focus groups performed in three European countries (Italy, Greece, Turkey). With specific reference to innovations, ease of use, effectiveness, usefulness, resource savings, and compatibility were mentioned as relevant features for an innovation to be adopted. Trials, demonstrations, experience and knowledge sharing, and support from qualified third parties were included among the facilitating factors for conveying and promoting innovations. Finally, public funding, agricultural policies and market conditions were identified as factors that may tip the balance in the process of innovations’ adoption.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 2061-862X
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Strategy and Marketing
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 50980
Depositing User: Giacomo Carli
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 14:38
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 20:04
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