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Exploring smallholder farm decisions through typologies and serious gaming

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Presented by Mirja Michalscheck at the Tropentag 2019: Filling Gaps and Removing Traps for Sustainable Resource Management, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany, 18–20 September 2019

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Exploring smallholder farm decisions through typologies and serious gaming

  1. 1. Exploring smallholder farm decisions through typologies and serious gaming Mirja Michalscheck Wageningen University & Research Tropentag 2019 20 September 2019, Kassel, Germany
  2. 2. More productive ß adoption of technologies & techniques Adoption = Decision How does a farm-level decision come about? Natural Resource-level Management-level Natural Resources Management (NRM) community household individual landscape farm field Smallholders: 83%
  3. 3. Household types Farm (households) differ! Statistics PCA, CA DATA multivariate Individuals! Household composition
  4. 4. Gender norms
  5. 5. Household types and composition Low Resource Endowed Medium Resource Endowed High Resource Endowed
  6. 6. Decision-making dynamics: social physics
  7. 7. Serious game: Simulate a negotiation
  8. 8. Men – Women – Oldest Son
  9. 9. Negotiation - Evaluation
  10. 10. HHHs 70% wives 15% sons 15% Power: used, overruled, withheld Interests and power distribution per farm type
  11. 11. Key findings • Farm and farmer typology: new insights! • Complex systems: meaningful patterns • Pathway ‘out of poverty’: many steps, many people • Non-adoption might be the best choice for a farmer. Explore: higher-levels Responsible scaling! Youth in agriculture!
  12. 12. Africa Research in Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation africa-rising.net This presentation is licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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