Improving gender-responsive innovation: adoption among smallholder farmers in Africa

Asimeng, Theodore / Peter Asare-Nuamah / David Anaafo / Tina Beuchelt / Aiveen Donelly / Benjamin Abugri
External Publications (2024)

Sustainable Landmanagement Africa Briefing Series 3/2024

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The development and adoption of innovations are important for economic growth, enhancing well-being and for a more sustainable management of land and natural resources. Globally, improvements in agricultural development have been achieved through the adoption of innovations targeting productivity, sustainability, resilience or product quality of farmers and other food system actors such as processors and consumers. The need to drive innovations among African smallholder farmers has never been more urgent. Africa has a  rapidly growing population, insufficient food production, high rural poverty and land degradation, which is exacerbated by climate and environmental changes and extreme weather events. Fostering new farming practices and innovation adoption among female and male  smallholder farmers, including marginalised groups requires addressing the economic, environmental and socio-cultural dimensions of development and contribute to social justice and gender equity. This is not a self-evident process as some innovations have contributed to adverse environmental or social effects, resulting in low adoption rates and unsuccessful scaling of innovations.

About the authors

Asimeng, Emmanuel Theodore

Urban Planning, Sustainability


Donnelly, Aiveen

Politcal Science


Further experts

Brüntrup, Michael

Agricultural Economy 

Christ, Simone

Social Anthropology 

Dippel, Beatrice


Friesen, Ina

Political Science 

Gubbini, Emily

Social Science 

Jaji, Rose


Kornher, Lukas


Mudimu, George Tonderai

Agricultural policy economics 

Roll, Michael


Rukundo, Emmanuel Nshakira

Development Economics 

Sakketa, Tekalign Gutu

Agricultural / Development Economics 

Sowa, Alina


Zintl, Tina

Political Scientist