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ANALYSIS OF DIFFUSION STRATEGIES IN NORTHEAST BRAZIL FOR NEW CASSAVA VARIETIES WITH IMPROVED NUTRITIONAL QUALITY

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 May 2011

CAROLINA GONZALEZ*
Affiliation:
International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Km. 17 recta Cali-Palmira, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
SALOMON PEREZ
Affiliation:
International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Km. 17 recta Cali-Palmira, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
CARLOS ESTEVAO CARDOSO
Affiliation:
International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Km. 17 recta Cali-Palmira, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
ROBERT ANDRADE
Affiliation:
International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Km. 17 recta Cali-Palmira, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
NANCY JOHNSON
Affiliation:
International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Km. 17 recta Cali-Palmira, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
*
Corresponding author. c.gonzalez@cgiar.org

Summary

Biofortified staple crops, amongst them cassava, are being developed to reduce problems of micronutrient malnutrition. In 2006 new cassava varieties with increased levels of provitamin A were released. For the purpose of enhancing adoption of the new cassava varieties, two strategies were used: (1) a participatory research approach and (2) public awareness raising activities. This paper attempts to evaluate the results of these two diffusion strategies. Within the first strategy, the factors found to enhance adoption rates were: awareness of the new varieties' advantages, public entities as the main information sources and involvement in participatory research. Within the second strategy, trends were found between adoption rates and producer characteristics including: ownership of land, middle-level income, advanced education level and use of information media, namely the Internet. In both strategies, a lack of seeds was one of the main factors limiting the adoption process.

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