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During the last 3 decades, donors and governments have invested in the development and dissemination of newtechnologies in the semi-arid tropics of West Africa. Though a wide range of improved technologies has beendeveloped, adoption remains low without a significant impact on crop productivity, rural income and poverty.Agricultural transformation as occurred in East Asia has not yet occurred in the semi-arid tropics of WestAfrica. This paper uses data from a regional survey of rural households in 3 countries in West Africa (BurkinaFaso, Mali, and Niger) to identify the determinants of uptake of improved technologies. Limited productivitygain is found to be a major constraint to the uptake of technologies. In addition, poorly functioning institutions,lack of information or poor exposure of farmers to agricultural innovations, and poor functioning or missingmarkets have also hindered the uptake of many new technologies.

Keywords: institutions ; technology ; markets ; road infrastructure ; information ; agricultural productivity

Subject(s): International Development

Issue Date: 2005

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/110146 Published in: eJADE: electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics, Volume 02, Issue 1 Page range: 85-102

Total Pages: 18

Record appears in: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) > Agricultural and Development Economics Division > eJADE: electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics





Autor: Ndjeunga, Jupiter ; Bantilan, Ma Cynthia S.

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/110146?ln=en







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