Fostering collective action is necessary for scaling sustainable land management (SLM) innovations. This paper analyses the significance of social networks in SLM among agricultural rural communities in central Ethiopia and eastern Uganda. Social networks facilitate collective action important for small-scale resource-poor farmers, who tend to rely more on informal sources of information, as well as for women farmers, whose information needs are often not addressed by formal extension services. Findings showed a positive relationship between the strength of social networks and SLM innovation practices. However, private sector networks, particularly important in fostering market-led innovations for enhanced adoption, are conspicuously lacking.
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The African Crop Science Society (ACSS) was established in 1993 with overall goal of promoting crop production and food security in Africa. The general objectives embedded in the society’s constitution are to:
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