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A conceptual model of incomplete markets and the consequences for technology adoption policies in Ethiopia (English)

In Africa, farmers have been reluctant to take up new varieties of staple crops developed to boost smallholder yields and rural incomes. Low fertilizer use is often mentioned as a proximate cause, but some believe the problem originates with incomplete input markets. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6681 OCT 01, 2013

Larson, Donald F.; Gurara, Daniel Zerfu Disclosed

Should African rural development strategies depend on smallholder farms ? an exploration of the inverse productivity hypothesis (English)

In Africa, most development strategies include efforts to improve the productivity of staple crops grown on smallholder farms. An underlying premise is that small farms are productive in the African context and that smallholders do not forgo economies of scale -- a premise supported by the often observed phenomenon that staple cereal yields decline as the scale of production increases. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6190 SEP 01, 2012

Larson, Donald F.; Otsuka, Keijiro; Matsumoto, Tomoya; Kilic, Talip Disclosed