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Using Farmers' Preferences to Assess Development Policy: A Case Study of Uganda


  • Philip A. S. James


As part of ongoing economic reforms, the Ugandan government implemented the Plan for the Modernisation of Agriculture (PMA) targeted at reducing rural poverty. This article demonstrates the application of a stated preference method using a choice experiment conducted in 9 sub-counties to assess farmers' preferences for adaptation options and identify areas of the PMA requiring reform to improve its effectiveness. This research shows the importance of microfinance, agricultural extension systems and basic education in farmers' adaptation decisions, and highlights a crucial need to improve local engagement in decision-making. A potentially problematic contradiction between farmers' preferences and some interventions proposed under the PMA is identified. Copyright (c) The Author 2010. Journal compilation (c) 2010 Overseas Development Institute..

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  • Philip A. S. James, 2010. "Using Farmers' Preferences to Assess Development Policy: A Case Study of Uganda," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 28(3), pages 359-378, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:28:y:2010:i:3:p:359-378

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    1. Lazzaroni, S. & Bedi, A.S., 2014. "Weather variability and food consumption," ISS Working Papers - General Series 51272, International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (ISS), The Hague.
    2. Lazzaroni, Sara, 2013. "Weather variability and food consumption: Evidence from rural Uganda," 2013 Second Congress, June 6-7, 2013, Parma, Italy 149774, Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA).

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