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This paper applies a program evaluation technique to assess the causal effect of the adoption ofimproved groundnut technologies on consumption expenditure and poverty measured byheadcount, poverty gap and poverty severity indices. The paper is based on a cross-sectionalfarm household level data collected in 2008 from a sample of 594 households in rural Malawi.A sensitivity analysis is conducted to test the robustness of the propensity score based resultsusing the rbounds test and the mean absolute standardized bias (MASB) between adopters andnon-adopters. The analysis reveals robust and positive and significant impacts of improvedgroundnut variety adoption on per capita consumption expenditure and on poverty reduction.The findings generally provide justification for continued public and private investment ingroundnut research and outreach in Malawi.

Keywords: groundnuts technology ; propensity score matching ; poverty ; Malawi

Subject(s): Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies

Issue Date: 2012

Publication Type: Conference Paper/ Presentation

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/126761

Total Pages: 37

JEL Codes: C13; C15; O32; O38

Record appears in: International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) > 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil





Autor: Simtowe, Franklin ; Kassie, Menale ; Asfaw, Solomon ; Shiferaw, Bekele A. ; Monyo, Emmanuel ; Siambi, Moses

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/126761?ln=en







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