Ellis Adams: Social Dynamics of Crop Adoption

Focus Group in Linthepe

Malnutrition remains a significant problem in less developed countries. It is the leading cause of death and illness among mothers and children.
Legumes like beans and peas are very nutritious. They can seem like a magic bullet for solving malnutrition problems.

But it’s not so simple. Farmers don’t just adopt a new crop overnight.

Ellis Adams, a doctoral student in geography at Michigan State University,  received funding from the Global Center for Food Systems Innovations to explore the social learning and community dynamics of planting the pigeon pea in Malawi.

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