||Exploring farmers’ innovative behaviours after an agricultural entrepreneurial training – A qualitative analysis from Songhaï farmers in Benin
DALOHOUN NOUGBÉGNON DANIEL ,
||Bulletin de la Recherche Agronomique du Bénin
||The study has made the argument that to enhance smooth agricultural innovations farmers need to
embed in institutional settings enabling them to acquire capacities to innovate. It builds on the
assumption that entrepreneurship implies innovative behaviours. A way to then equip farmers with
innovative capacities is to train them on entrepreneurship.This paper, the seventh chapter and second
sub-case (in my Ph.D. thesis), analyses how the type of training and learning process matters in
ensuring continuous flows of innovations at farmers’ level.It uses Songhaï farmers as units of analysis
and discusses evidence of these farmers’ innovative behaviours as the results of their participation at
the Songhai entrepreneurial training program. The case answers the question of how have the
Songhaï farmers being innovating. It assumes that the conditions under which the farmers set up
agricultural businesses (the means and how these means are acquired), the types of the activities
they have been undertaking provide the ground for identification of their innovation capacities.
||Agriculture, development, entrepreneurship, farmers, innovation, Songhaï.
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