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Cost-Effectiveness of Alternative Integrated Pest Management Extension Methods: An Example from Bangladesh

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  • Jacob Ricker-Gilbert
  • George W. Norton
  • Jeffrey Alwang
  • Monayem Miah
  • Gershon Feder

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This study examines the cost-effectiveness of alternative methods for diffusing integrated pest management practices in Bangladesh. Methods compared include farmer field schools, field days, and extension agent visits. Farmer field school participants were more likely to adopt integrated pest management practices than recipients of messages from field days and agent visits. However, due to lower costs per participant, field days were the most cost-effective means for stimulating adoption of simpler practices and extension agent visits were the most cost-effective for extending more complex practices. Copyright 2008, Oxford University Press.

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  • Jacob Ricker-Gilbert & George W. Norton & Jeffrey Alwang & Monayem Miah & Gershon Feder, 2008. "Cost-Effectiveness of Alternative Integrated Pest Management Extension Methods: An Example from Bangladesh," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 30(2), pages 252-269.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:30:y:2008:i:2:p:252-269
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    1. Alam, Shamma Adeeb & Wolff, Hendrik, 2016. "Do Pesticide Sellers Make Farmers Sick? Health, Information, and Adoption of Technology in Bangladesh," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 41(1), January.
    2. Harris, Leah M. & Norton, George W. & Karim, A.N.M. Rezaul & Alwang, Jeffrey & Taylor, Daniel B., 2013. "Bridging the Information Gap with Cost-Effective Dissemination Strategies: The Case of Integrated Pest Management in Bangladesh," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 45(04), pages 639-654, November.
    3. Vanessa Carrión Yaguana & Jeffrey Alwang & George Norton & Victor Barrera, 2016. "Does IPM Have Staying Power? Revisiting a Potato-producing Area Years After Formal Training Ended," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 67(2), pages 308-323, June.
    4. Li, Jie & Gomez, Miguel I. & Rickard, Bradley J. & Skinner, Margaret, 2011. "Factors Influencing Adoption of Integrated Pest Management in Northeast Greenhouse and Nursery Production," Working Papers 126614, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
    5. Carlberg, Eric & Kostandini, Genti & Dankyi, Awere, 0. "The Effects of Integrated Pest Management Techniques Farmer Field Schools on Groundnut Productivity: Evidence from Ghana," Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, vol. 53.
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    7. Ahsanuzzaman, Ahsanuzzaman, 2015. "Duration Analysis of Technology Adoption in Bangladeshi Agriculture," 2015 AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, July 26-28, San Francisco, California 200406, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association;Western Agricultural Economics Association.
    8. Yorobe Jr., J.M. & Rejesus, R.M. & Hammig, M.D., 2011. "Insecticide use impacts of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Farmer Field Schools: Evidence from onion farmers in the Philippines," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 104(7), pages 580-587, September.
    9. Carlberg, Eric & Kostandini, Genti & Dankyi, Awere, 2012. "The Effects of Integrated Pest Management Techniques (IPM) Farmer Field Schools on Groundnut Productivity: Evidence from Ghana," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124876, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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