Farmer preferences for socioeconomic and technical interventions in groundnut production system in Niger: Conjoint and ordered probit analyses uri icon

abstract

  • Crop production decisions reflect preferences of farmers which are based on the structure of incentives and constraints that characterize agricultural systems. Therefore, an assessment of the intensities of farmer preferences for technical and socioeconomic interventions can provide useful guidance for the choice of appropriate strategies to improve productivity and incomes. Based on surveys conducted in groundnut-growing zones of Niger in West Africa, utilities of selected socioeconomic and technical interventions to farmers were derived through application of conjoint and ordered probit analyses. Across all regional and gender subgroups of respondents, groundnut farmers attach significant importance to access to credit and reliable markets for pods. The introduction of new and more productive varieties per se would not significantly contribute to utilities of farmers at the present time. This possibly implies that until market and credit constraints are alleviated, farmers have lower utility for more productive varieties. Regional diversities were observed in the significance of utilities groundnut farmers can gain from the availability of local small-scale groundnut oil processing plant, fertilizer and changes to traditional rules governing access to land. There is no evidence of genderbased diversity in utilities and, therefore, prioritization of the interventions on the basis of observed utilities will benefit both gender components

publication date

  • 1997
  • 1997