Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/213041
Authors: 
Bonan, Jacopo
Kazianga, Harounan
Mendola, Mariapia
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 456
Abstract: 
Why adoption rate of potentially profitable agricultural technologies in Africa remains low is still puzzling. This paper uses a randomized control trial to study Ugandan subsistence smallholders' decisions to adopt cash crops. A unique way of eliciting farmers price and yield expectations allows us to investigate the role of farmers' ex-ante beliefs about crop profitability on adoption decisions. We find that the provision of extension services increases oilseeds adoption by 15%, and farmers who under-estimate oilseeds price at baseline are the most likely to adopt the new crops. The results suggest that changes in expectations drive agricultural technology take-up.
Subjects: 
Technology Adoption
Commercial Farming
Randomized Controlled Trial
Uganda
JEL: 
O13
O33
Q14
Q15
Q16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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