Poverty Reduction Effects of Agricultural Technology Adoption: A Micro-evidence from Rural Tanzania

Asfaw, S and Kassie, M and Simtowe, F and Lipper, L (2012) Poverty Reduction Effects of Agricultural Technology Adoption: A Micro-evidence from Rural Tanzania. The Journal of Development Studies. pp. 1-18. ISSN 0022-0388

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This article evaluates the impact of adoption of improved pigeonpea technologies on consumption expenditure and poverty status using cross-sectional data of 613 households from rural Tanzania. Using multiple econometric techniques, we found that adopting improved pigeonpea significantly increases consumption expenditure and reduces poverty. This confirms the potential role of technology adoption in improving household welfare as higher incomes translate into lower poverty. This study supports broader investment in agriculture research to address vital development challenges. Reaching the poor with better technologies however requires policy support for improving extension efforts, access to seeds and market outlets that stimulate adoption.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2012 05:45
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 05:45
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/6034
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2012.671475
Funders: Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation (MBGF), ICRISAT
Acknowledgement: The authors are grateful to the Selian Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Tanzania for providing leadership in implementing household surveys. Also, the contribution of the Ministry of Agriculture, especially those located in the surveyed districts for their support in the design and implementation of the surveys, is hereby acknowledged. The authors would also like to thank the Editor and two anonymous referees for the useful and constructive comments. We also thank for their comments on an earlier draft of the article the participants in seminar at the Centre of Study of African Economy (University of Oxford). All remaining errors and omissions are our own responsibility.
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