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Livestock vaccine adoption among poor farmers in Bolivia: Remembering innovation diffusion theory

Heffernan, C., Thomson, K. and Nielsen, L. (2008) Livestock vaccine adoption among poor farmers in Bolivia: Remembering innovation diffusion theory. Vaccine, 26 (19). pp. 2433-2442. ISSN 0264-410X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.02.045

Abstract/Summary

The paper explores the low uptake of livestock vaccination among poor farming communities in Bolivia utilising core elements of the original innovation diffusion theory. Contrary to the recent literature, we found that vaccination behaviour was strongly Linked to social and cultural, rather than economic, drivers. While membership in a group increased uptake, the 'hot' and 'cold' distinctions which dictate health versus illness within Andean cosmology also played a role, with vaccination viewed as a means of addressing underlying imbalances. We concluded that uptake of livestock vaccination was unlikely to improve without knowledge transfer that acknowledges local. epistemologies for Livestock disease. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8643
Uncontrolled Keywords:diffusion of innovation, vaccination adoption, Bolivia, EAST-COAST FEVER, TECHNOLOGY, SETTINGS, FIDELITY

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