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Improving the methods of measuring varietal adoption by farmers in developing countries: Recent experience with the use of DNA fingerprinting and impiactions for tracking adoption and assessing impacts

Mywish Maredia and Bryon Reyes

No 212226, 2015 Conference, August 9-14, 2015, Milan, Italy from International Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: Identifying and measuring the area under improved varieties and assessing varietal turnover plays a central role in varietal adoption and impact assessments. These studies have mostly relied on farmers’ responses in household surveys to estimate these indicators. This method of ‘farmer elicitation’ to estimate varietal adoption can be fairly accurate when the varietal turnover is high and the seed system is well-functioning. However, when the formal seed system is non-existent or ineffective, and farmers mostly rely on harvested grain as the main source of planting material, the reliability of estimating varietal adoption using farmer or expert elicitation method can be challenging. This symposium brings together researchers who have used the DNA-fingerprinting method for varietal identification. It provides a forum for exchange of ideas and sharing new insights on the challenges and potential of using this innovative method for estimating varietal adoption and increasing the accuracy of results of impact assessments.

Keywords: Agricultural; and; Food; Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.212226

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