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Smallholder identified constraints to adoption of new forage options in South Central Coast Vietnam


Le, NV and Thao, NTD and Turner, L and Corfield, J, Smallholder identified constraints to adoption of new forage options in South Central Coast Vietnam, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Animal Agriculture for Developing Countries, 27-30 October 2015, Pattaya, Thailand, pp. 638-640. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Adoption of new farming practices by smallholders is a complex process and service providers need to understand reasons for adoption and non-adoption to ensure that extension efforts can be targeted for maximum impact. This paper presents the adoption patterns of the tree legume Leucaena leucocephala cv. Taramba by 41 smallholder farmers in South Central Coastal Vietnam, where it was introduced in 2010-11 as an option to improve cattle nutrition. Smallholder farmers were interviewed in 2015 about their experiences with the establishment, management and use of Taramba Leucaena and how these experiences influenced their subsequent adoption decisions. Lack of labour and knowledge to manage seedlings, natural causes, perceived low feed provision and lack of land to manage mature stands were the main reasons for non-adoption. Successful adopters protected their seedlings from grazing and weed competition, carried out good cutting management, and were able to establish larger stands of mature trees. Future extension efforts should focus on how the long term introduction of Taramba Leucaena interacts with land, labour, and competing farm activities, in order to achieve more integrated and sustainable smallholder adoption outcomes.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:adoption constraints, new forage technologies, Leucaena, smallholders
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Grains and seeds
Objective Field:Grain legumes
UTAS Author:Turner, L (Dr Lydia Turner)
ID Code:107292
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2016-03-09
Last Modified:2018-04-05

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