Successful ACIAR grant to work on farmer decision making in Cambodia

Smallholder perspectives and decisions about technology adoption in agro-ecological zones and farming systems of Cambodia

I’m really pleased to be a part of a successful grant through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Bob Farquharson and I are looking to analyse farmer decision making using a ‘post income’ approach, probably the Genuine Progress Indicator. It’s our hope that this approach will help us push past over-reliance on income and money, to explore a wider range of considerations. What the GPI boils down to is measuring quality of life in ways that don’t simplify life to money. Into this context we are going to take a fresh look at the decisions that farmers make when faced with the opportunity to adopt a new technology.

The project begins soon, so watch this space for an update (and photos).

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