Duration analysis of technological adoption in Ethiopian agriculture

Leggesse Dadi, Michael Burton, Adam Ozanne

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Duration analysis has been used to examine the impact of time-varying and time-invariant variables on the speed of adoption of fertiliser and herbicide by smallholder farmers in East and West Shewa in the central highlands of Ethiopia in the 25 years preceding 1996. The estimated models suggest that economic incentives were the most important determinants of the time farmers waited before adopting new technologies; traction power in the form of oxen and infrastructural factors (in particular proximity to markets) also appear to have been important influences, but less so than prices. Other agricultural inputs (area of farmland, labour, credit), extension services and farmers' personal characteristics (education, gender, age) appear to have had little, if any, effect on adoption behaviour. There is also evidence that the speed of adoption of herbicide, on both tef and wheat, was slower than that of fertiliser. © Agricultural Economics Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-631
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Agricultural Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004


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