A farm typology for adoption of innovations in potato production in southwestern Uganda

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dc.contributor.author Priegnitz, Uta
dc.contributor.author Lommen, Willemien J. M.
dc.contributor.author Onakuse, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Struik, Paul C.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-06T21:27:22Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-06T21:27:22Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09-11
dc.identifier.citation Priegnitz, U., Lommen, W. J. M., Onakuse, S. and Struik, P. C. (2019) 'A Farm Typology for Adoption of Innovations in Potato Production in Southwestern Uganda', Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 3, 68. (15pp.) DOI: 10.3389/fsufs.2019.00068 en
dc.identifier.volume 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 15 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/8709
dc.identifier.doi 10.3389/fsufs.2019.00068 en
dc.description.abstract In Uganda, low productivity of potato might be associated with poor and diverse adoption of innovative crop management practices. This paper aims to identify the potato farm typologies in southwestern Uganda, i.e., collections of farms that are homogeneous in uptake of innovations (use of fertilizer, organic input, fungicides, pesticides, seed selection methods, seed refreshment by using quality declared seed, and sole cropping), and to analyse these typologies based on socio-economic characteristics, access to agricultural extension services, memberships of farmers' groups, yield levels of potato and return rates. A farm household survey (n = 270) was carried out and principal component analysis and cluster analysis were used to identify types of farms differing in adoption of innovations. Four farm types were identified that demonstrated significant differences in uptake of innovation practices; despite the small differences in yield among farm types, differences in uptake were associated with significant differences in the yield and further in land ownership, availability of laborers and cash, economical return, and access to knowledge. The farm type with relatively high frequencies of using organic input, fungicide input, pesticide input, seed plot technology or positive selection, quality declared seed, and sole cropping achieved highest potato productivity; the farm type with relatively frequent use of fungicide input and no use of pesticides was associated with the lowest potato yield. The findings emphasize associations between innovation uptake and farm characteristics. Opportunities for improvement through extension services and shared knowledge can achieve wider adoption, enhance potato productivity and increase income for smallholder farmers. en
dc.description.sponsorship Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (Agricultural Transformation by Innovation (AGTRAIN) Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Program (grant number 3183300054)) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Frontiers Media en
dc.relation.uri https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fsufs.2019.00068/full
dc.rights ©2019 Priegnitz, Lommen, Onakuse and Struik. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.subject Improved practices en
dc.subject Multivariate analysis en
dc.subject Socio-economic factors en
dc.subject Solanum tuberosum en
dc.subject Yield increase en
dc.subject Extension services en
dc.title A farm typology for adoption of innovations in potato production in southwestern Uganda en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Stephen Onakuse, Food Business and Development and the Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email:s.onakuse@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.contributor.funder Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress s.onakuse@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 68 en
dc.identifier.eissn 2571-581X


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©2019 Priegnitz, Lommen, Onakuse and Struik. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as ©2019 Priegnitz, Lommen, Onakuse and Struik. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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