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[ Article ] Towards sustainable vegetable growing with farmer learning videos in Benin

Date de soumission: 15-04-2018
Année de Publication: 2018
Entité/Laboratoire Laboratoire de Sociologie et Vulgarisation Rurales (LSVR)
Document type : Article
Discipline(s) : Sociologie & Sciences Sociales
Titre Towards sustainable vegetable growing with farmer learning videos in Benin
Auteurs Zoundji Gérard [1], Okry Florent [2], VODOUHE DAVO SIMPLICE [3], Bentley Jeffery W. [4],
Journal: International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
Catégorie Journal: Internationale
Impact factor: 0
Volume Journal: 16
DOI: 16:1, 54-63, DOI: 10.1080/14735903.2018.1428393
Resume Vegetable production plays an important role in nutrition, food security and poverty reduction in Benin. However, vegetable production is hampered by pests and farmers rely on pesticides to control them. Improving farmers’ knowledge is important for the use of sustainable, intensive agricultural practices. This paper assesses the role of learning video in changing vegetable farmers’ behaviour towards sustainable agriculture. Drawing mainly on mass distribution of learning videos, DVDs entitled ‘Improving vegetable production’ were sold through non-conventional dissemination networks from August to December 2015, to strengthen farmers’ learning. In June 2016, we interviewed a sample of 120 buyers/viewers in four different areas where the DVDs were sold. The interviews were followed by a field visit to collect evidence of the change of practices reported during the interviews. Farmers who watched the videos enhanced their creativity and adapted the learning to their environment by using more sustainable agriculture practices. About 86% of respondents indicated that they now spend less money for pesticides to manage pests and diseases. Video-mediated learning promotes local innovation, improves farmers’ knowledge and triggers agro-ecological practices with little or no input from the conventional extension system
Mots clés Learning videos; agricultural advisory services; knowledge acquisition and dissemination; behavioural change; sustainable agriculture
Pages 54 - 63

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