Articles | Volume 61, issue 1
Original study
27 Mar 2018
Original study |  | 27 Mar 2018

Q method to map the diversity of stakeholder viewpoints along agricultural innovation systems: a case study on cattle genetic improvement in Niger

Seyni Siddo, Nassim Moula, Issa Hamadou, Moumouni Issa, Salissou Issa, Marichatou Hamani, Pascal Leroy, and Nicolas Antoine-Moussiaux

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The complex balance between innovation and conservation regarding animal genetic resources makes it difficult to find mutually accepted improvement pathways between breeders, government agencies, and research and education institutions. This study maps stakeholder viewpoints on cattle genetic improvement in Niger using the Q method, which appears effective in identifying the concerns of stakeholders on complex agricultural innovation topics.