Irrigators’ willingness to pay for the adoption of soil moisture monitoring tools in South-Eastern Africa

Abebe, F and Zuo, A and Ann Wheeler, S and Bjornlund, H and van Rooyen, A and Pittock, J and Mdemu, M and Chilundo, M (2020) Irrigators’ willingness to pay for the adoption of soil moisture monitoring tools in South-Eastern Africa. International Journal of Water Resources Development (TSI). pp. 1-22. ISSN 0790-0627

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Contingent valuation is used to elicit irrigators’ willingness to pay for soil moisture tools in irrigation schemes in Africa, with various econometric methods employed to mitigate potential bias. Key results include that there is a neighbourhood effect influencing adoption, and that being located downstream and spending more on irrigation water positively and statistically significantly influenced willingness to pay for tools. The result suggests that although focusing on economic incentives and promoting farmer learning by those using the tools may promote greater adoption, there is likely to still be a need for co-investment by other bodies.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Irrigation, Contingent, Valuation method; hypothetical bias
Subjects: Others > Tanzania
Others > Irrigation
Others > Soil Science
Others > Zimbabwe
Others > Mozambique
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2020 09:28
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2020 09:28
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Funders: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Australian Research Council
Acknowledgement: The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research financed this research through the Transforming Irrigation in Southern Africa (TISA) projects FSC/2013/006 and LWR/2016/137. We also thank all TISA project team members from Australia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Mozambique for collecting the survey data and other contributions. Constructive comments from two anonymous reviewers are also gratefully acknowledged.
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