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dc.contributorGiupponi, Carloen_US
dc.contributorMoussadek, Rachiden_US
dc.creatorBonzanigo, Lauraen_US
dc.identifier.citationLaura Bonzanigo, Carlo Giupponi, Rachid Moussadek. (9/9/2015). Conditions for the adoption of conservation agriculture in Central Morocco: an approach based on Bayesian network modelling. Italian Journal of Agronomy, 11.en_US
dc.description.abstractResearch in Central Morocco, proves that conservation agriculture increases yields, reduces labour requirements, and erosion, and improves soil fertility. However, after nearly two decades of demonstration and advocacy, adoption is still limited. This paper investigates the critical constraints and potential opportunities for the adoption of conservation agriculture for different typologies of farms. We measured the possible pathways of adoption via a Bayesian decision network (BDN). BDNs allow the inclusion of stakeholders’ knowledge where data is scant, whilst at the same time they are supported by a robust mathematical background. We first developed a conceptual map of the elements affecting the decision about tillage, which we refined in a workshop with farmers and researchers from the Settat area. We then involved experts in the elicitation of conditional probabilities tables, to quantify the cascade of causal links that determine (or not) the adoption. Via BDNs, we could categorise under which specific technical and socio-economic conditions no tillage agriculture is best suited to which farmers. We, by identifying the main constraints and running sensitivity analyses, were able to convey clear messages on how policy-makers may facilitate the conversion. As new evidence is collected, the BDN can be updated to obtain evidence more targeted and fine tuned to the adoption contexts.en_US
dc.sourceItalian Journal of Agronomy;11,(2015)en_US
dc.subjectfarming practicesen_US
dc.titleConditions for the adoption of conservation agriculture in Central Morocco: an approach based on Bayesian network modellingen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.subject.agrovocconservation agricultureen_US
cg.subject.agrovocagricultural technologyen_US
cg.contributor.centerNational Institute of Agronomic Research Morocco - INRA Moroccoen_US
cg.contributor.centerCa' Foscari University of Veniceen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems - DSen_US
cg.contributor.funderGovernment of Morocco - Moroccoen_US
cg.contributor.projectMoroccan Collaborative Grants Program (MCGP)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionNorthern Africaen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US
cg.journalItalian Journal of Agronomyen_US

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