The paper describes a training workshop, "Risk and Adoption of Rural Innovations". The workshop has been developed by staff and students at the Cooperative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture and incorporates a simulation game. It is designed to help professional advisers better understand their clients and researchers better understand the decision making of people who use their research results.
 
Agricultural production is a risky business by its very nature. The potential of new technology and innovations produced by agricultural research is not always obvious to the farming community. Professional advisers are a critical link between agricultural scientists and primary producers. Advisers must adapt new knowledge from research to the information requirements of farmers.
 
The simulation game used in this workshop is a good way to improve understanding of farmers' decision making about adopting new technologies. As such, it is a useful learning tool for advisers who deal directly with farmers and with scientists who hope that their research efforts will be adopted by the farming community.
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A training game
Risk and adoption of rural innovations

Nancy Longnecker  

The paper describes a training workshop, "Risk and Adoption of Rural Innovations". The workshop has been developed by staff and students at the Cooperative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture and incorporates a simulation game. It is designed to help professional advisers better understand their clients and researchers better understand the decision making of people who use their research results.
 
Agricultural production is a risky business by its very nature. The potential of new technology and innovations produced by agricultural research is not always obvious to the farming community. Professional advisers are a critical link between agricultural scientists and primary producers. Advisers must adapt new knowledge from research to the information requirements of farmers.
 
The simulation game used in this workshop is a good way to improve understanding of farmers' decision making about adopting new technologies. As such, it is a useful learning tool for advisers who deal directly with farmers and with scientists who hope that their research efforts will be adopted by the farming community.

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