Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 410

Full Length Research Paper

Local appropriation of socio-technical innovation: Case study of the shared mechanisation in Benin

  • Laboratory of Research on Innovation for Agricultural Development, Faculty of Agronomy, University of Parakou, Benin.
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  •  Received: 28 September 2019
  •  Accepted: 22 January 2020
  •  Published: 31 July 2020


The paper explored different processes of appropriation that sustain experiences of shared mechanisation in Benin. It analyzed the links between groups’ homogeneity, the member’s representations of shared mechanisation and the processes of setting cost recovery rules for sustainable utilization of farm equipments. We identified some gaps between formal and applied rules in cooperatives and revealed that controlling socio-cultural homogeneity is an upstream strategy used by group leaders to ensure shared values and ease collective action rules making. The challenges faced by cooperatives can lead to the expression of latent heterogeneity factors, justifying a need for permanent rule negotiation.

Key words: Appropriation, Benin, collective action, group homogeneity, shared mechanisation, socio-technical innovation.