The Role of Plant-Breeding R&D in Tractor Adoption among Smallholders in Asia: Insights from Nepal Terai
Hiroyuki Takeshima () and
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Combining agricultural census data from Nepal from 2001 and 2011 with various spatial agroclimatic data, we show that increase in yield potentials due to the introduction of high-yield technologies (particularly improved seed varieties) plays an important role in smallholdersâ€™ tractor adoption in Nepal Terai. We use a novel instrumental variable, agroclimatic similarity between farmersâ€™ and plant breeding institutesâ€™ locations, to instrument the adoption of improved seed varieties. To our knowledge, our study offers the first direct evidence that mechanization growth among smallholders is partly induced by the introduction of high-yield technologies. [IFPRI Discussion Paper 01719}.
Keywords: tractor adoptions; smallholders; agroclimatic similarity; agricultural census; Nepal; smallholders; high-yield technologies; mechanization; agroclimatic; farmersâ€™ and plant breeding institutesâ€™ (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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