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Site-Specific Agronomic Information and Technology Adoption: A Field Experiment from Ethiopia

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  • Hailemariam Ayalew

    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Ethiopia)

  • Chamberlin Jordan

    (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Kenya)

  • Carol Newman

    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

Abstract

Smallholder farmers in Africa typically only have access to blanket fertilizer recommendations which may not be optimal for local production conditions. The response to such recommendations has generally been poor. Using a randomized control trial in Ethiopia, we explore whether targeted recommendations lead farmers to align fertilizer usage to recommended levels and whether this impacts productivity. Results show that targeted recommendations closed the gap between the he recommended and actual amounts of fertilizer used and that this in turn increased productivity. We also consider whether coupling these recommendations with agricultural insurance further encourages fertilizer investment but find no differential effect.

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  • Hailemariam Ayalew & Chamberlin Jordan & Carol Newman, 2020. "Site-Specific Agronomic Information and Technology Adoption: A Field Experiment from Ethiopia," Trinity Economics Papers tep0620, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:tep0620
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    Keywords

    advisory services; smallholder agriculture; agricultural extension; ICT; fertilizer; agriculture;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • Q12 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Micro Analysis of Farm Firms, Farm Households, and Farm Input Markets
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services

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