Drip irrigation technology: Analysis of adoption and diffusion processes

  • Francisco Alcon /
  • Nuria Navarro /
  • María Dolores De-Miguel /
  • Andrea L. Balbo
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Sustainable Solutions for Food Security: Combating Climate Change by Adaptation
  • Fecha: 18 enero 2019
  • Páginas: 269-285
  • ISBN: 9783319778785
  • Tipo de fuente: Libro
  • DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-77878-5_14
  • Tipo de documento: Capítulo
  • Editorial: Springer International Publishing
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019.Increasing concerns about water scarcity have promoted the adoption and diffusion of irrigation technologies, such as drip irrigation, which allow farmers to use water in a more efficient way, while saving water resources. While some dry regions have embraced drip irrigation, this technology remains scarcely deployed on a global scale. In this chapter we provide an overview of the processes underlying the adoption and diffusion of innovations, with a focus on the specific context of the adoption and diffusion of drip irrigation technology within the agricultural community of Cartagena, in Southeast Spain. Our final aim is to inform policy makers charged with the designing of initiatives aimed at saving water and at increasing climate change resilience in agricultural contexts. Our main insights suggest that effective policies focused on irrigation technology uptake should consider social, economic, technological and environmental factors affecting adoption and diffusion dynamics, and specifically those factors that define perceptions of water scarcity, such as water prices and availability of water.

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