This Challenge Area aims to understand the barriers and decision-making processes that prevent the adoption of technology and research results into sustainable practices. This Challenge Area will focus on research that investigates, across the agriculture and food production system, the adoption dynamics and distribution patterns of technologies and practices that incorporate the latest research results, identifies factors that affect their adoption, and recommends solutions for addressing barriers.

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Breaking Down the Barriers: Overcoming Obstacles to Innovation Adoption Across the Food System

November 30-December 1, 2017
Arlington, VA

The event was held to analyze barriers to adoption of innovations and technological advances aimed at improving agricultural sustainability. This event provided a unique forum for thought leaders across diverse sectors to identify knowledge gaps, high-impact targets for FFAR program development and opportunities for cross-sector collaboration. Download the full event report.

Help us continue this important conversation and inform our research program by sharing your thoughts on challenges related to adoption of innovations that could be addressed through research, or let us know about your research on barriers to innovation adoption.


A graphic recording of the PM Plenary Session at the Breaking Down the Barriers Convening Event.