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Socio-Economic Factors Affecting Organic Cotton Adoption in North-East of Benin: Case Study of Kandi District
[Facteurs Socio-Economiques Influençant L'adoption de Coton Biologique au Nord-Est du Bénin: Cas de la Commune de Kandi]


  • Fabrice Dossa

    (Département d’Economie et Sociologie Rurales - Université de Parakou)

  • Yann Miassi

    () (Département d’Economie et Sociologie Rurales - Université de Parakou)


Organic production is one of the serious options for ensuring food safety and significantly reducing the risks of intoxication caused by chemicals. It is even more important for developing countries like Benin, where agriculture, one of the pillars of the economy, remains highly dependent of chemical pesticides. The aim of this study is to analyze the adoption of organic cotton in Kandi district (North- Eastern Benin). A total of 143 cotton producers were surveyed of which 70 organic cotton producers and 73 conventional cotton producers. The data was collected through individual interviews based on questionnaires. The analysis of adoption of organic cotton using a logistic regression model showed that the socio-economic characteristics of farmers and the physical distance between farm and house are the main factors influencing the choice of farmers to produce or not the organic cotton. Organic farming is more attractive women compared to conventional farming. This type of cotton allows them not only to no longer depend on their husband for inputs but also to hold a separate cotton farm. Farmers whose main activity is agriculture, have a high number of agricultural workers, and access to credit are more likely to adopt organic cotton. Similarly farmers who have their farm near home are more favorable to the organic farming than those who have the farm far from their house.

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  • Fabrice Dossa & Yann Miassi, 2018. "Socio-Economic Factors Affecting Organic Cotton Adoption in North-East of Benin: Case Study of Kandi District
    [Facteurs Socio-Economiques Influençant L'adoption de Coton Biologique au Nord-Est du B
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  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01706480
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    1. Epiphane Sodjinou & Laurent Glin & Gian Nicolay & Silvère Tovignan & Jonas Hinvi, 2015. "Socioeconomic determinants of organic cotton adoption in Benin, West Africa," Agricultural and Food Economics, Springer;Italian Society of Agricultural Economics (SIDEA), vol. 3(1), pages 1-22, December.
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    Adoption; socio-economic factors; organic cotton; North-East; Benin; Adoption; Facteurs socioéconomiques; Coton biologique; Nord-Est;

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