Understanding the Process of Agricultural Technology Adoption: Mineral Fertilizer in Eastern DR Congo uri icon

abstract

  • We analyze the adoption of mineral fertilizer in South-Kivu. We model technology adoption as a three-step-process, including awareness, tryout, and adoption; and empirically analyze these steps using cross-sectional farm-household data, and bivariate and Heckman selection probit models. We find that awareness about fertilizer is high (57%) and mainly determined by education and social capital. Tryout is low (13% of aware farmers) but positively influenced by extension interventions. Continued adoption is high (70% of tryout farmers) but capital constraints are important and not all extension interventions are effective for continued adoption. Our results entail implications for extension policies in poor areas. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • 2014
  • 2014
  • 2014