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Political will and public will for climate-smart agriculture in Senegal: Opportunities for agricultural transformation

Eric D. Raile (Department of Political Science, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA)
Linda M. Young (Department of Political Science, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA)
Adama Sarr (Center for Ecological Monitoring, Dakar, Senegal)
Samba Mbaye (Universite Gaston Berger, Saint-Louis, Senegal)
Amber N.W. Raile (Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA)
Lena Wooldridge (Department of Political Science, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA)
Diaminatou Sanogo (National Center for Forestry Research, Dakar, Senegal)
Lori Ann Post (Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA)

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2044-0839

Article publication date: 14 May 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Agriculture must transform as climate change progresses. The international community has promoted climate-smart agriculture (CSA) as a set of solutions. Previous analyses of opportunities for scaling up CSA have not looked closely at building political and social support for policies, practices and programs. The purpose of this paper is to fill that gap in the case study country of Senegal.

Design/methodology/approach

The study applies the conceptual definitions, operationalizations and assessment targets from the political will and public will (PPW) approach to social change. Semi-structured interviews and documents constitute the sources of data and information.

Findings

The analysis identifies opportunities to generate political will for supplying an enabling environment for the widespread adoption of CSA. On the public will side, the analysis identifies opportunities to generate and channel demand for CSA.

Research limitations/implications

Researchers investigated some definitional components more completely than others due to resource and access constraints. Further, the context specificity of the components limits generalizability of certain findings.

Social implications

Social structures may need to change for successful adoption of certain CSA innovations, but improved agricultural outcomes are likely to result.

Originality/value

This examination of crucial elements for scaling up CSA efforts constitutes the most extensive application of the PPW approach to date, thus providing an example of this generalizable method.

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Acknowledgements

Funding support for this research came from the US Agency for International Development and US Department of Agriculture. Additional support came from the National Institutes of Health via Montana INBRE and the HELPS Lab at Montana State University. The views and conclusions in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the positions of these sponsoring organizations.

Citation

Raile, E.D., Young, L.M., Sarr, A., Mbaye, S., Raile, A.N.W., Wooldridge, L., Sanogo, D. and Post, L.A. (2019), "Political will and public will for climate-smart agriculture in Senegal: Opportunities for agricultural transformation", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 44-62. https://doi.org/10.1108/JADEE-01-2018-0003

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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