Construction of a generalised farm typology to aid selection, targeting and scaling of on farm research

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Hassall, K. L., Baudron, F., MacLaren, C., Cairns, J. E., Ndhlela, T., McGrath, S. P., Nyagumbo, I. and Haefele, S. M. 2023. Construction of a generalised farm typology to aid selection, targeting and scaling of on farm research. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 212, p. 108074. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2023.108074

AuthorsHassall, K. L., Baudron, F., MacLaren, C., Cairns, J. E., Ndhlela, T., McGrath, S. P., Nyagumbo, I. and Haefele, S. M.
Abstract

Farm typologies are often used to reduce the complexity in categorising diverse farming systems, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The resulting typologies can then be used in multiple ways including designing efficient sampling schemes that capture the diversity in smallholder farms, prescribing the selection of certain farm types to which interventions can be targeted or upscaled, or to give context into derived relationships. However, the construction of farm typologies consists of many subjective decisions that are not always obvious or evident to the end-user. By developing a generalized framework for constructing farm typologies, we clarify where these subjective decisions are and quantify the impact they have on the resulting typologies. Further, this framework has been encapsulated in the open source RShiny App: TypologyGenerator to enable users to focus on the decisions and not the underlying implementation.

KeywordsTypology; Farms; Agriculture; RShiny app; Anosim; Clustering
Year of Publication2023
JournalComputers and Electronics in Agriculture
Journal citation212, p. 108074
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2023.108074
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderGlobal Challenges Research Fund (UKRI)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeAddressing malnutrition with biofortified maize in Zimbabwe: from crop management to policy and consumers
Growing Health [ISP]
Publisher's version
Accepted author manuscript
Supplemental file
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online20 Jul 2023
Publication process dates
Accepted14 Jul 2023
PublisherElsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN0168-1699

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