A Case Study of Cowpea IPM in Northern Ghana: Development and Transfer of Innovation by Agricultural Development Agencies

This report is based on data collected over the course of a year in Northern Ghana. The research focused on two communities in two Northern Ghana districts, as well as three Agricultural Development Agencies (ADAs): the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), and World Vision Ghana (WVG). Data was gathered through formal questionnaires, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), and observations. A total of 120 individual interviews were performed for the formal survey led by the questionnaire. The three ADAs – SARI, WVG, and MOFA – each received thirty unique surveys. The documentation of the three ADAs’ operations was gathered once more. Five Focal Group Discussion Workshops were attended by 275 community people, including male and female farmers, elders, and traders. The impact of ADAs on agricultural innovation development, diffusion, and adoption, as well as the impact on men and women in enhancing agricultural production, is the subject of this research. It also looks at how agricultural policies affect the development, diffusion, and transfer of innovations. The findings demonstrate that targeting and involving farmers at an early stage in innovation development and transfer is critical for any agricultural development programme or adoption. Inequities in extension service delivery appeared to have a negative impact on making relevant innovations available, especially to women farmers. As a result, monitoring and evaluation aid in the development and diffusion of innovative ideas, as well as the direction of agricultural policy. Successful innovation development, transfer, and high adoption rates are the consequence of strong collaborative effort, solid research planning, monitoring and evaluation, and information sharing.

Author (S) Details

Esther Wahaga
CSIR Food Research Institute, P. O. Box 38, Accra, Ghana.

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