Effectiveness of innovation grants to smallholder agricultural producers: an explorative systematic review
Ton, G. ; Grip, K. de; Klerkx, L.W.A. ; Rau, M.L. ; Douma, M. ; Friis-Hansen, E. ; Triomphe, B. ; Waters-Bayer, A. ; Wongtschowski, M. - \ 2013
London : EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London - ISBN 9781907345548 - 115
premies - verbeteringssubsidies - boeren - innovaties - familiebedrijven, landbouw - grants - improvement grants - farmers - innovations - family farms
Grants for agricultural innovation are common but grant funds specifically targeted to smallholder farmers remain relatively rare. Nevertheless, they are receiving increasing recognition as a promising venue for agricultural innovation. They stimulate smallholders to experiment with improved practices, to become proactive and to engage with research and extension providers. The systematic review covered three modalities of disbursing these grants to smallholder farmers and their organisations: vouchers, competitive grants and farmer-led innovation support funds. The synthesis covers, among others, innovation grant systems in Malawi (Agricultural Input Subsidy Programme), Latin America (several Challenge Funds for Farmer Groups), Uganda (National Agricultural Advisory Services ), and Colombia (Local Agricultural Research Committees - CIAL).