Working Paper


Áine Macken-Walsh
Kevin Heanue



participation rural development programme farm households farmer innovation resource research gaps governance future

The Rural Development Programme (2007-2013) and Farmer Innovation: A Review to Date and Look to the Future (2010)

Abstract This paper seeks to comment on farmer innovation in relation to the measures within the Rural Development Programme (2007-2013). Evidence is presented on the general extent of innovation among farmers and the specific uptake of measures within Axes 1, 2 and 3 of the RDP. Changes to, and curtailment of, measures within the various Axes since the inception of the RDP until April 2010 are identified. Following a discussion of some of the internal and external factors that promote or hinder farmer innovation and participation with the Axes, suggestions are made about how to increase farmer engagement with the RDP. It is concluded that for the remainder of the RDP, certain bureaucratic barriers, governance issues, resource issues, training needs, and research gaps must be addressed if farm households are to innovate to the extent that they are expected to as a result of the RDP
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Áine Macken-Walsh, Kevin Heanue

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Áine Macken-Walsh
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Kevin Heanue
University College Dublin
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