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An Econometric Analysis Of The Link Between Access To Agricultural Extension Services, Adoption Of Agricultural Technology And Poverty: Evidence For Uganda

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  • Sebaggala, Richard
  • Okello, Patrick
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    Overall, the study investigated the impact of access to and adoption of extension services and agricultural technology in reducing poverty in Uganda. To meet this objective, the researcher analysed the relationship between poverty and access to agricultural extension services and adoption of agricultural technology. A bivariate and multivariate approach was employed to determine whether access to and adoption of agricultural technology are significant factors in influencing the household poverty in Uganda. The results revealed that there is a significant but weak, relationship between poverty and access to agricultural extension and adoption of agricultural technology, and that poor households have the least access to agricultural extension services and low adoption of agricultural technology. The simulation results showed that improving access to agricultural extension and adoption of agricultural technology result into reduction in probability of being poor. Furthermore, on average access to extension services and adoption of agricultural technology is still very poor among the poor and non-poor Ugandans. High on the priority agenda should be concerted efforts to intensify accessibility to agricultural extension services and adoption of agricultural technology.

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    Paper provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its series 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington with number 124622.

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    Date of creation: 15 Sep 2010
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    Keywords: agricultural extension; agricultural technology; poor and non-poor; Community/Rural/Urban Development;

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