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Within Growing Season Weather Variability and Land Allocation Decisions: Evidence from Maize Farmers in Ethiopia

Ahmed Musa Hasen, Wondimagegn Mesfin Tesfaye and Franziska Gassmann ()

No 321171, 96th Annual Conference, April 4-6, 2022, K U Leuven, Belgium from Agricultural Economics Society - AES

Abstract: We investigate if and how farmers adjust their land allocation decisions in response to within-growing season weather variability using novel crop-specific data collected over seven consecutive years. By focusing on maize-producing smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, we show that farmers respond quickly to growing season weather variability by adjusting their land allocation decisions. In addition to quantifying a substantial adaptation margin that has not been documented before, our findings also reveal the presence of a weather variability-induced expansion of maize production into areas that are less suitable for maize cultivation.

Keywords: Crop Production/Industries; Production Economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 29
Date: 2022-04
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.321171

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