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Population pressure, Agricultural intensification and soil fertility management strategies


Increasing population pressure calls for agricultural intensification, which involves the use of various soil fertility management strategies and improved inputs. In this study we explore factors influencing the adoption and use of soil fertility management practices and improved inputs of smallholder farmers in the highlands of Ethiopia. We hypothesized that farmers' adoption and use decision of soil fertility management practices and improved inputs are mutually dependent, and that various farmer-specific socio-economic factors also influence the decisions. We employ the simultaneous equation system estimation procedure to estimate the model. Results indicate that, after controlling for exogenous socio-economic variables, fallowing and fertilizer, fallowing and intercropping, and intercropping and fertilizer appear to be substitutes while intercropping and manure and fertilizer and manure are complementary. In addition, resource endowments, human capital, and institutional factors determine the adoption and use of agricultural practices and inputs

Corporate Author: 
Getnet Alemu & []. & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
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adoption; simultaneous equations

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Agricultural practices
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330.963 PRO 2006
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Proceedings of the Third International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2013-05-27 23:06:00
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2013-02-27 15:02:03
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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