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Systems approaches to innovation in pest management: reflections and lessons learned from an integrated research program on parasitic weeds in rice

Systems approaches to innovation in pest management: reflections and lessons learned from an integrated research program on parasitic weeds in rice

Rodenburg, Jonne ORCID: 0000-0001-9059-9253, Schut, Marc, Demont, Matty, Klerkx, Laurens, Gbèhounou, Gualbert, Oude Lansink, Alfons, Mourits, Monique, Rotteveel, Ton, Kayeke, Juma, van Ast, Aad, Akanvou, Louise, Cissoko, Mamadou, Kamanda, Josey and Bastiaans, Lammert (2015) Systems approaches to innovation in pest management: reflections and lessons learned from an integrated research program on parasitic weeds in rice. International Journal of Pest Management, 61 (4). pp. 329-339. ISSN 0967-0874 (Print), 1366-5863 (Online) (doi:10.1080/09670874.2015.1066042)

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Abstract

This paper provides a retrospective look at a systems-oriented research program, on the increasing occurrence of parasitic weeds in rainfed rice in sub-Saharan Africa, to qualitatively assess merits and identify challenges of such approach. We gained a broad contextual overview of the problem and different stakeholders' roles, which enabled identification of entry points for innovations in parasitic weed management. At the crop level parasitic weed infestation is associated with poor soil fertility and water management. Farmers' infrequent use of inputs to control them was caused by various factors, ranging from fears of undesired side effects (agronomic) to a lack of quality control of products (institutional). Furthermore, there may be enough extension agents, but they lack the required training on (parasitic) weed management to provide farmers with advice, while their organizations do not provide them with the necessary means for farm visits. At even higher organizational levels we observed a lack of coherent policies on parasitic weed control and implementation of them. Merits and challenges of an integrated multi-stakeholder and multi-level research project are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09670874.2015.1066042
Uncontrolled Keywords: multi-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, agricultural innovation systems (AIS), farmer participation, multi-stakeholder, crop protection
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:13
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19037

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