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Agricultural Extension, Social Learning, and Technology Adoption: row Planting Practices for Cereal Production among Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia


Smallholder farmers in Ethiopia have predominantly practiced a broadcast sowing method for cereal and legume production. Recently some of them started using a row planting method because the government has promoted this new planting method through training and facilitating group learning. This study investigates the determinants of the row planting adoption with a special focus on roles of technical training sprovided by local agricultural officers and social learning from peers.  Our findings show that both training and social learning have significant impacts on the adoption of the new planting practice. The adopters, however, apply higher seed rate than the recommended rates by extension experts. Increasing the farm level extension follow-ups might improve farmers' practical knowledge of the non-traditional method.

Corporate Author: 
Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors: 

Technology Adoption

Secondary Descriptor: 

Row planting; Social learning

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Broad Subject heading: 
Agricultural Extension
Call Number: 
330.963 PRO 2017
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2017-06-02 00:00:00
Conference Place: 
Addis Ababa, EEA Multi-purpose Building Conference Hall
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Thematic area: 
Agriculture, Environment and Social Sector Related Topics
Conference date: 
July 21 – 23, 2016

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