Importance of Informal Training for the Spread of Agricultural Technologies: Farmers as in-Residence Extension Workers and Their Motivation for Sustainable Development

Hiroyuki Yamada, Daichi Shimamoto, Ayako Wakano

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We report the importance of informal training in introducing new post-harvest technologies in rice farming through informal contacts by exploring answers from both in-residence extension workers ('key farmers') and ordinary farmers in rural Cambodia. We use survey data collected in Cambodian villages between December 2012 and January 2013. While in-residence extension workers are well motivated and informal training plays a crucial role, lack of an appropriate financial incentive for the key farmers might hamper the sustainability of the project. We also emphasize that any intervention for rural development must avoid social exclusion and nepotism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-134
Number of pages11
JournalSustainable Development
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes



  • Cambodia
  • extension
  • incentive
  • motivation
  • rice farming
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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