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The Impact of Innovation Platform Diversity in Agricultural Network Formation and Technology Adoption : Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
Pamuk, Haki ; Rijn, Fedes Van - \ 2019
Journal of Development Studies 55 (2019)6. - ISSN 0022-0388 - p. 1240 - 1252.
This study investigates the diversity in impact of innovation platforms (IPs) on agricultural networks and technology adoption among 1200 households in nine sub-Saharan Africa countries. We explore the extent to which the 32 IPs implemented adopted the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development Approach (IAR4D). We find that IPs implemented according to the IAR4Dness principles are better at promoting networks of households with other farmers within villages. We find that IPs with more active members were more successful in promoting agricultural technologies, while IPs with many different stakeholders were less successful in promoting agricultural technologies.
The Impacts of Cocoa Sustainability Initiatives in West Africa
Ingram, V.J. ; Rijn, F.C. van; Waarts, Y.R. ; Gilhuis, Henk - \ 2018
Sustainability 10 (2018)11. - ISSN 2071-1050
To tackle the multiple challenges facing the cocoa sector, voluntary sustainability standards and corporate initiatives, largely focusing on farm and farmer group scale, are often implemented by public–private–civil society partnerships of stakeholders further in the value chain. This paper looks at the social, economic, and environmental effects of such initiatives, based on empirical evidence from large-scale, mixed-method studies using a suite of socioeconomic, agronomic, and environmental indicators to compare the situation of UTZ certified with non-certified farmers in 2012 and 2015 in Ghana, and 2013 and 2017 in Ivory Coast. The results show that, on average, outcomes are mixed and generally modest. However, significant cocoa productivity and income increases were experienced by certified farmers receiving a full package of services. However, the type and intensity of services has changed over time, decreasing for half of the farmers, and productivity and income increases are levelling off. These findings suggest that whilst partnerships have created new governance arrangements with an increased focus on sustainable value chains, initiatives which result in a living income and optimise productivity, whilst limiting environmental impacts, require sectoral transformation, continued partnerships, plus a range of other policy instruments to address the persistent, wicked problems in cocoa production.
ITC’s contribution to export competitiveness : verification of intervention logic in the Information Technology & Services Sector in Bangladesh: final report July 2018
Pamuk, Haki ; Rijn, Fedes van - \ 2018
Wageningen : Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen Economic Research report 2018-048) - ISBN 9789463434782 - 47
ITC’s contribution to export competitiveness and farmer livelihoods : verification of ITC's intervention logic in the avocado sector in Kenya: final report July 2018
Dengerink, Just ; Rijn, Fedes van - \ 2018
Wageningen : Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen Economic Research report 2018-047) - ISBN 9789463434829 - 49
Cocoa sustainability initiatives : the impacts of cocoa sustainability initiatives in West Africa
Ingram, V.J. ; Waarts, Y.R. ; Rijn, F.C. van - \ 2018
In: Achieving sustainable cultivation of cocoa / Umaharan, Pathmanathan, Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited (Burleigh Dodds series in agricultural science ) - ISBN 9781786761682 - p. 515 - 540.
The cocoa sector faces a number of deeply embedded, interrelated challenges, including old trees with low productivity; low farmer and worker incomes; pest and disease attacks; political instability in many of the main countries of origin; persistent poor labour conditions and negative environmental impacts, such as deforestation, soil degradation and pollution; tight relationship between supply in the face of growing demand and longterm cyclical recession and expansion booms affecting global market and farm gate prices (Ruf and Siswoputranto 1995; Nkamleu et al. 2010; Matissek et al. 2012; Fountain and HutzAdams 2015). Organising smallholders into groups and undertaking voluntary initiatives, such as certification, often accompanied by training and improved access to agricultural inputs, have been proposed to address some of these multiple, long-running problems. These sustainability interventions have been implemented largely by international traders in the cocoa value chain, government agencies, certification organisations and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs). But do they work? What has been the impact of the multitude of sustainability-based interventions in the last decade on different types of farmers, and how to untangle the impacts of different interventions?
Towards sustainable cocoa in Côte d'Ivoire : The impacts and contribution of UTZ certification combined with services provided by companies
Ingram, V. ; Rijn, F. van; Waarts, Y. ; Dekkers, M. ; Vos, B. de; Koster, T. ; Tanoh, R. ; Galo, A. - \ 2018
Wageningen : Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen Economic Research rapport 2018-041) - ISBN 9789463437769 - 137
Verification of CBI's intervention logic: Insights from the PRIME Toolbox
Rijn, Fédes van; Ton, Giel ; Maas, Karen ; Pamuk, Haki ; Harms, Job ; Dengerink, Just ; Waarts, Yuka ; Relou, Carly ; Vos, Birgit ; Hubers, Frank - \ 2018
Wageningen : Wageningen Economic Research - ISBN 9789463438520 - 42
Verification of PUM’s intervention logic: Insights from the PRIME toolbox
Rijn, Fédes van; Ton, Giel ; Maas, Karen ; Pamuk, Haki ; Harms, Job ; Dengerink, Just ; Waarts, Yuka ; Relou, Carly ; Vos, Birgit ; Hubers, Frank - \ 2018
Wageningen : Wageningen Economic Research - ISBN 9789463438513 - 36
PRIME Case study report: Bolivia - Tourisme
Ton, G. ; Rijn, F.C. van - \ 2017
PRIME Partnership - 40 p.
Impacts of cocoa sustainability initiatives in West Africa
Ingram, V.J. ; Waarts, Yuca ; Rijn, Fedes van - \ 2017
Towards a sustainable sugarcane industry in India : baseline results on Solidaridad’s programme: Increasing water use efficiency in sugarcane growing in India
Plaisier, C. ; Rijn, F. van; Ende, H. van der; Koster, T. - \ 2017
Den Haag : Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen Economic Research report 2017-051) - ISBN 9789463431965 - 109
Wageningen Economic Research conducts a study to evaluate the socioeconomic impact on sugarcane farmers of the Solidaridad programme. A pipeline approach was used, which clusters the farmers in cohorts based on the year they receive support and training: 2016, 2017 and 2018. A baseline survey was conducted on 1,008 farmers from the command areas in April 2016. This report gives a representative and detailed description of the target group in 2016.
Final impact evaluation of Farmer Field School implementation in the smallholder tea sector in Kenya, 2009-2016 : appendices
Waarts, Yuca ; Dengerink, Just ; Puister-Jansen, Linda ; Rijn, Fedes van; Onduru, Davies - \ 2016
Wageningen : Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen Economic Research rapport 2016-044) - 61
Final impact evaluation of Farmer Field School implementation in the smallholder tea sector in Kenya, 2009-2016
Waarts, Yuca ; Dengerink, Just ; Puister-Jansen, Linda ; Rijn, Fédes van; Onduru, Davies - \ 2016
Den Haag : Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen Economic Research report 2016-044) - ISBN 9789463430531 - 63
Improving sustainability in coffee and cocoa
Rijn, Fédes ; Ingram, Verina ; Rogers, Andrew ; Nuijt, Jan Hugo - \ 2016
Den Haag : Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen Economic Research rapport 2016-089) - 32
Cocoa farmer models and practices in Ghana and Ivory Coast
Ingram, V.J. ; Rijn, F.C. van; Waarts, Y.R. ; Selten, Marjolein - \ 2016
Fairtrade certification in the banana hired labour sector
Rijn, F.C. van; Judge, L.O. ; Fort, Ricardo ; Koster, Tinka ; Waarts, Y.R. ; Ruben, R. - \ 2016
Wageningen : LEI Wageningen UR (LEI report 2015-056) - ISBN 9789086157129 - 146 p.
bananas - plantations - fair trade - certification - international trade - hired labour - working conditions - ghana - dominican republic - colombia - bananen - beplantingen - certificering - internationale handel - loonarbeiders - arbeidsomstandigheden - dominicaanse republiek
Evidence is needed about the difference that certification makes to workers on banana plantations. The Fairtrade system is therefore investing in monitoring to understand the difference certification makes to banana workers’ employment, living and working conditions, and empowerment. This study meets this need by gathering data on a range of indicators. This study 1) gathers baseline data on indicators and themes that monitor the progress of implementation of Fairtrade’s revised hired labour standards on certified plantations in key banana origins; 2) based on this data it researches and analyses the difference that Fairtrade makes across key themes in comparison to non-certified contexts; it prioritises workers’ voices and perspectives in achieving the objectives of the study. It particularly focuses on understanding the role of Fairtrade in supporting worker empowerment and empowerment-related goals. Focus countries are Ghana, Colombia and the Dominican Republic.
Impact of UTZ certification on cocoa producers in Ghana, 2011 to 2014
Waarts, Y.R. ; Ingram, V.J. ; Linderhof, V.G.M. ; Puister-Jansen, L.F. ; Rijn, F.C. van; Aryeetey, Richmond - \ 2015
Wageningen : LEI Wageningen UR (Report / LEI Wageningen UR 2015-066) - ISBN 9789086157150 - 47 p.
cocoa - certification - farmers - small farms - peasant farming - ghana - cacao - certificering - boeren - kleine landbouwbedrijven - landbouw bedrijven in het klein
This study evaluates the impact of the UTZ-Solidaridad cocoa programme in Ghana , by comparing the situation of a sample of farmers from six projects in 2014 with their situation in 2011, and by comparing the development over time for certified and uncertified farmers. We also analysed the programme’s inclusiveness and shed light on the effect of UTZ certification on hired labourers’ working conditions.
The impact of agricultural extension services on social capital: an application to the Sub-Saharan African Challenge Program in Lake Kivu region
Rijn, F.C. van; Nkonya, Ephraim ; Adekunle, A. - \ 2015
Agriculture and Human Values 32 (2015)4. - ISSN 0889-048X - p. 597 - 615.
Many participatory projects in rural Africa aim indirectly to enhance development by promoting different dimensions of social capital: cooperation in networks (formal or informal), trust, and norms of behavior that encourage mutually beneficial action. However, it is unclear whether these development initiatives can actually influence social capital, especially in the short term. To address this question, we used semi-experimental data to investigate the effects of agricultural research and development (ARD) on various indicators of social capital in the border region of Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC. Specifically, we focused on the effects of the “Integrated Agricultural Research for Development Approach” (IAR4D) and compared it to conventional ARD efforts. We show that IAR4D has influenced the level of social capital, although not in all dimensions and not consistently for all countries. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda, for example, IAR4D strengthened the networks that link villages to the outside world (bridging social capital), but not in other countries. We also find indications that IAR4D resulted in higher levels of intra-village networks (bonding social capital) in Rwanda and improved trust and norms of cooperation (cognitive social capital) in the DRC. Finally, we showed that traditional agricultural extension (ARD) has been less successful than IAR4D in increasing the level of social capital.
Syscope magazine - Thema : Opschalen van innovaties (editie naarjaar 2014, nummer 32)
Berg, J. van den; Vellema, S.R. ; Wigboldus, S.A. ; Lee, J. van der; Giani, A. ; Potters, J.I. ; Wolf, P.L. de; Floquet, A. ; Ingram, V.J. ; Rijn, F.C. van; Judge, L.O. ; Jansen, D. ; Laven, A. ; Boomsma, M.J. ; Schoorlemmer, H.B. ; Achterbosch, T.J. - \ 2015
Wageningen UR
Data sources for explaining monitoring and evaluation results
Waarts, Y.R. ; Rijn, F.C. van; Ingram, V.J. ; Meijerink, G.W. ; Jansen, D.M. ; Kuit, M. ; Boogaard, H.L. - \ 2015
Wageningen : Wageningen UR (Factsheet ) - 4 p.
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