Sustainably feeding the world’s growing population represents one of our most significant challenges. Aquaculture is well positioned to make contributions towards this challenge. Yet, the translation of aquaculture production innovations into benefits for rural communities is constrained by a limited understanding of the social dynamics that influence the adoption of new agricultural practices. In this paper, we investigate the factors that shape the spread of small-scale tilapia aquaculture through rural Solomon Islands. Based on diffusion of innovation theory, we focus on three potentially influential factors: (i) socio-economic characteristics of adopters; (ii) the role of opinion leaders; and (iii) characteristics of the innovation.
Social dynamics shaping the diffusion of sustainable aquaculture innovations in the Solomon Island
Blythe, J., Sulu, R., Harohau, D., Weeks, R., Schwarz, A.M., Mills, D., Phillips, M. (2017)
Sustainability, 9(1): 126 [open access]