Neighbors follow early adopters under stress: panel data analysis of submergenceâ€ tolerant rice in northern Bangladesh
Takashi Yamano (),
Maria Luz Malabayabas,
Md. Ashraful Habib and
Subrata Kumar Das
Agricultural Economics, 2018, vol. 49, issue 3, 313-323
The benefits of a stressâ€ tolerant crop become visible under the stresses that the crop is tolerant against. We investigate the adoption of submergenceâ€ tolerant rice in northern Bangladesh by using panel data of 461 households, interviewed in 2013 and 2015. The sample households were randomly selected in 31 villages where submergenceâ€ tolerant rice seeds were given to a small number of farmers in each village. The results from the household fixedâ€ effects model indicate that submergence in the previous year increased the adoption of submergenceâ€ tolerant rice. The adoption impact was larger among farmers who were neighbors of early seed recipients. Our results suggest that being neighbors of early seed recipients may have helped the neighboring farmers observe the benefits of the submergenceâ€ tolerant rice under submergence. The results indicate the importance of the information flow from early recipients to neighboring farmers.
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