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Measuring the Impact of Row Planting Agricultural Technology Adoption on the Welfare of Rural Smallholders


The purpose of this study is to provide empirical evidence on the impact of row planting of Quncho Teff variety on household consumption and income. The study applied propensity score matching. Multistage sampling technique is used to select 260 sample farming households (of which 104 are adopters and 156 are non-adopters of row planting technology). The result of the study revealed that adoption of row planting technology has positive and significant impact on per capita consumption per adult equivalent and crop income per hectare. Sensitivity of the estimated adoption effect is checked using Rosenbaum's bounds procedure. Covariate balancing is also checked using the standardized bias measure and other covariate balancing indicators such as likelihood ratio test of the joint significance of all covariates and the pseudo R2. It is found that covariates are well balanced and the impact estimate is insensitive to unobserved selection bias and is a pure effect of the row planting technology. This confirms that row planting technology contributes directly in improving the welfare of rural farming households, and hence scaling up the technology is essential. 

Corporate Author: 
Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors: 

 Row Planting-Quncho Teff

 Welfare of Rural Smallholders

Secondary Descriptor: 

capita consumption , propensity score matching

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Broad Subject heading: 
Agricultural Technology
Call Number: 
330.0963 PRO 2017
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2017-06-01 00:00:00
Conference Place: 
Addis Ababa, EEA Multi-purpose Building Conference Hall
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Thematic area: 
Agriculture, Environment and Social Sector Related Topics
Conference date: 
July 21 – 23, 2016