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Adoption and adaptation in developing country agriculture

  • Karen Macours

    (Paris School of Economics and INRA, F-75014 Paris, France)

This paper reviews some of the challenges related to understanding constraints to agricultural productivity improvements in developing countries. It takes a micro-level approach to shed light on the complexity of farmers’ adoption of new technologies and practices and of climate change adaptation decisions. The main arguments are illustrated using an example from the evaluation of a randomized pilot program in Nicaragua. The paper also highlights open questions for future research.

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Article provided by INRA Department of Economics in its journal Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies.

Volume (Year): 95 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 13-24

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