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THE COMPLEX DYNAMICS OF SMALLHOLDER TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION: THE CASE OF SRI IN MADAGASCAR

Christine M. Moser and Christopher Barrett ()

No 14735, Working Papers from Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management

Abstract: This paper explores the dynamics of smallholder technology adoption, with particular reference to a high-yielding, low-external input rice production method in Madagascar. We present a simple model of technology adoption by farm households in an environment of incomplete financial and land markets. We then use a probit model and a symmetrically trimmed least squares estimation of a dynamic Tobit model to analyze the decisions to adopt, expand and disadopt the method. We find that seasonal liquidity constraints discourage adoption by poorer farmers. Learning effects-both from extension agents and from other farmers-exert significant influence over adoption decisions.

Keywords: Farm; Management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.14735

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