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Agricultural transformation and farmers' expectations : Experimental evidence from Uganda

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Frame of Image ice program run by the Government of Uganda to increase the domestic production of new cash crops (i.e. oil seeds) and contribute to sustainable poverty reduction We exploit the randomized roll–out of the program to assess (i) its direct impact and (ii) the role of farmers ex-ante b eliefs ab out crop profitability in explaining adoption choices.
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Motivation
Subsistence farmers still dominate in Africa and agricultural productivity growth is particularly slow compared to other regions, mainly due to low adoption rates of new farming technologies and systems (World Bank, 2007; Sunding and Zilberman, 2001; Meiburg and Brandt, 1962). Commercial farming and value chain development, especially in cash crops, is one potential mean for fostering rural transformation, increasing productivity and enhancing living standards of smallholder households in developing countries (Ashraf et al., 2009; Barrett et al., 2018; Bellemare and Bloem, 2018). Despite the growing attention to technology adoption in developing countries, knowledge gaps still remain on why some (p otentially) profitable technologies are rapidly adopted, while others are not .
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What we do
We use a large extension service program in Uganda to study what drives smallholders to adopt new cash crops (i.e. oil seeds) and switch to commercial farming. We exploit detailed data on ex–ante farmers’ expectations about crop profitability combined with difference across regions induced by the random assignment of the extensio


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Title Agricultural transformation and farmers' expectations
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Experimental evidence from Uganda

Material Type Report
Author(English)

Harounan Kazianga

Publisher

Oklahoma State University

Date 2020-09
Event The frontiers in development policy conference 2020 (Online)
Subject Country Uganda(Africa)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Industry and Technology < Agriculture
Holding Oklahoma State University
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