César Salazar1, Mónica Jaime2, Yanina Figueroa3 y Rodrigo Fuentes4.
1. Universidad del Bio-Bio, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Universidad de Concepción, email@example.com.
3. Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research, INCAR, firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Universidad de Concepción, email@example.com.
At the light of the current depletion of extractive marine resources the small-scale aquaculture sector emerges as a sustainable and viable alternative income generating activity. To contribute to the development the small-scale aquaculture and in order to integrate sector into the food value chain, the understanding of the decision process to innovate becomes essential. This paper explores the factors underlying both innovation choices and intensity among small-scale aquaculture producers by taking advantage of the richness of a unique census data from the small-scale aquaculture sector in Chile. The results indicate that education, secure property rights, Internet access, participation in organizations, commercialization method, government instruments, credit and social learning promote innovation. We also find that large producers innovate in more areas, suggesting a role for both technological and non-technological innovations.
Keywords: Innovation; small-scale aquaculture; microeconomic analysis.
Participación en sesión: Recursos naturales y desarrollo local.