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Adoption and adaptation in developing country agriculture

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  • Karen Macours

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

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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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  • Karen Macours, 2014. "Adoption and adaptation in developing country agriculture," Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies - Revue d'Etudes en Agriculture et Environnement, INRA Department of Economics, vol. 95(1), pages 13-24.
  • Handle: RePEc:rae:jourae:v:95:y:2014:i:1:p:13-24
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    agricultural technology adoption; climate change adaptation;

    JEL classification:

    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets

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