Understanding the process of agricultural technology adoption: mineral fertilizer in eastern DR Congo

While there is a large literature on agricultural technology adoption, evidence from the poorest countries is still lacking and the decision-making process of farmers is still poorly understood. We empirically analyze mineral fertilizer adoption among poor and food insecure smallholder farmers in South-Kivu, eastern DR Congo, after its introduction by a research and extension program. We disentangle the adoption process in an awareness step, a tryout decision, and a continued adoption decision. We show that variables commonly used to explain agricultural technology adoption, and the different program interventions, have a different impact on the different steps in the adoption process.


Issue Date:
2013
Publication Type:
Working or Discussion Paper
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/157388
Total Pages:
46
JEL Codes:
O33; O13; Q12; Q16; Q24
Note:
Updated version posted March 3, 2014
Series Statement:
Bioeconomics Working Paper Series
2013/5




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