Adoption/Diffusion Processes, Persistence, and Socioeconomic Impacts of New Inputs and Peanut Varieties
North Carolina State University
This project will study the diffusion process of new technologies such as new agricultural inputs to plant growth and new peanut varieties. External community network (often called social, economic or political linkages) and local technology diffusion network effects will be examined. The patterns of adoption of new technology will be studied such as: new peanut varieties, weed control chemicals, and fertilizers, as well as modern farming practices such as manual or mechanical weeding and drying practices. Thus, a comprehensive examination of the socioeconomic forces (Peanut CRSP Global Constraint III) affecting peanut production will be addressed with regard to Peanut CRSP priority opportunity #1, economic and social aspects of input uses, and #6 impact of analysis for individual technologies. The latter will include social and economic impact assessment of outcomes such as increased production (or abandonment of innovations), net economic gains (or loss) and changes in social aspects such as farm, family, work and leisure patterns.