AN ACTIVITY THEORETICAL APPROACH TO TRANSFORM AGRICULTURAL FINANCING TOWARDS STABLE FOOD SYSTEMS: A LITERATURE REVIEW
Agricultural financing in developing economies is a complex system that threatens food supply despite numerous research and interventions. Research in this area has yet to have a critical realistic constructivist lens to analyze the transformation of agricultural financing in a sociocultural and long-term perspective using Activity Theory (AT). This selective review of literature seeks to justify how agricultural financing is an Activity Theory (AT) phenomenon and addresses how Activity-Based Analysis (ABA) can be leveraged to transform agricultural financing systems. Key findings indicate that activity theory principles and theoretical implications help guide researchers and policymakers to frame transformational policies interventions toward addressing agricultural financing system challenges. We argue that considering agricultural financing activity as the unit of analysis enables researchers and policymakers to incorporate dynamic, multi-level and complex activity elements for agricultural financing over space and time dimensions. Empirical testing of Activity Theory approaches towards agricultural financing design research is crucial for future research.
Agricultural Financing, Activity Based Analysis, Activity Theory, Interventions.