Analysing the farm level economic impact of GM corn in the Philippines

Miladis M. Afidchao, C. J M Musters, Ada Wossink, Orlando F. Balderama, Geert R. de Snoo

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This paper analyses the farm economic viability of genetically modified (GM) corn in the Philippines. Data was collected from 114 farmers in Isabela province including non-GM, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), herbicide tolerant (HT) and BtHT corn farmers. Results of univariate analysis showed that non-GM corn was not statistically different from Bt, BtHT and HT corn in terms of production output, net income, production-cost ratio and return on investment. Multivariate econometric analysis for the agronomic input variables showed a higher return on investment for Bt corn as the only significant difference between seed types. Next, pest occurrence and severity variables were included in the regression to address endogeneity. The Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition method was used to further investigate differences between growers of BtHT corn and non-GM corn into an endowment and a coefficient effect. The decomposition analysis showed that BtHT corn has a negative impact on return on investment as revealed by the negative signs of the overall mean gap and the characteristics and coefficient components. In contrast, the overall mean gap for net income indicated that adopting BtHT corn could potentially increase non-GM growers' income mainly from better control of corn borer pest even though mean levels of borer occurrence are lower for non-GM growers. © 2014 Royal Netherlands Society for Agricultural Sciences.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNJAS - Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • corn
  • decomposition analysis
  • farm economics
  • genetically modified crops
  • Philippines
  • smallholder farms


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