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Adoption and Continued Use of Improved Maize Seeds In Central Ethiopia


The literature on agricultural technology has very little to say concerning the continued use of an agricultural technology. This paper analyses the factors that explain the adoption and continued use of improved maize seeds in one of the high potential maize growing areas in central Ethiopia. Using bivariate probit with sample selection model we show that adoption of improved maize varieties is strongly influenced by adult equivalent, total land owned, access to credit from formal sources, involvement of the household head in off-farm activities, experience in hiring farm labor, and cooperative membership; whereas the decision to continuously use the seeds is determined by the proportion of farm area allocated to maize, literacy of the household head, involvement of a family member in an off-farm activity, number of visits by development agents to the household, experience in hiring farm labor, sufficiency of land owned to sustain the household, and continued use of fertilizer. Accordingly, appropriate strategic interventions that consider such factors are required so that improved seeds are adopted and continuously used to increase farm yields and help fighting food insecurity

Corporate Author: 
Getnet Alemun & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
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Improved maize seeds

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Agricultural development - Adoption
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330.963 PRO 2010
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Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2013-05-27 23:10:00
Forum or Discussion date: 
2013-02-27 15:43:08
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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