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Development of Farmer Champions and their role in progressing smallholder beef production in Vietnam


Turner, L and Corfield, J and Thao, NTD and Bonney, L, Development of Farmer Champions and their role in progressing smallholder beef production in Vietnam, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Animal Agriculture for Developing Countries, 27-30 October 2015, Pattaya, Thailand, pp. 624-627. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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‘Farmer Champions’ have an important role in promoting adoption of best practice recommendations in the communities that participate in international research for development. This paper draws on data from in-depth interviews with three Farmer Champions. It describes how the role of these Farmer Champions developed and how they have progressed beef smallholder production in Cat Trinh, a commune of the Vietnamese South Central Coastal province, Binh Dinh. Farmer Champions firstly adopt or adapt study recommendations to improve their own farming systems. They are subsequently recognised as valuable sources of knowledge and resources by surrounding farmers. Farmer Champions then facilitate significant spread (or ‘scale out’) of improved practices to other farmers. Within their community this was found to occur primarily through informal knowledge transfer pathways, while their involvement in formal pathways extended benefits to farmers outside their community. Understanding the development of Farmer Champions and how they influence scale out provides information to guide knowledge transfer methods used in future research for development, and further improve adoption of best practice recommendations.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:adoption, beef production, knowledge transfer, smallholder farmer, Vietnam
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Livestock raising
Objective Field:Beef cattle
UTAS Author:Turner, L (Dr Lydia Turner)
UTAS Author:Bonney, L (Associate Professor Laurie Bonney)
ID Code:107284
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-03-09
Last Modified:2018-04-05

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