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Poverty Reduction Effects of Agricultural Technology Adoption: A Micro-evidence from Rural Tanzania

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  • Solomon Asfaw
  • Menale Kassie
  • Franklin Simtowe
  • Leslie Lipper

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This article evaluates the impact of adoption of improved pigeonpea technologies on consumption expenditure and poverty status using cross-sectional data of 613 households from rural Tanzania. Using multiple econometric techniques, we found that adopting improved pigeonpea significantly increases consumption expenditure and reduces poverty. This confirms the potential role of technology adoption in improving household welfare as higher incomes translate into lower poverty. This study supports broader investment in agriculture research to address vital development challenges. Reaching the poor with better technologies however requires policy support for improving extension efforts, access to seeds and market outlets that stimulate adoption.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal The Journal of Development Studies.

Volume (Year): 48 (2012)
Issue (Month): 9 (September)
Pages: 1288-1305

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Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:48:y:2012:i:9:p:1288-1305

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  1. Shiferaw, Bekele & Kassie, Menale & Jaleta, Moti & Yirga, Chilot, 2014. "Adoption of improved wheat varieties and impacts on household food security in Ethiopia," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 272-284.
  2. Negash, Martha & Swinnen, Johan F.M., 2013. "Biofuels and food security: Micro-evidence from Ethiopia," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 963-976.

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