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Adoption of agricultural innovation in developing countries: a survey

Collection:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Contributor:
Feder, Gershon (main author), Just, Richard E. (author), Zilberman, David (author)
Format:
Report
Publication Date:
1982
Published:
International
Location:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois Box: 51
Subject Term:
adoption process, communication theory, credit, decision making, decision process, diffusion, innovations, technology transfer, underdeveloped areas
Notes:
AgComm Teaching, Washington, D.C. : The World Bank, 1982. 65 p. (World Bank Staff Working papers No. 542), Reviews various studies which have provided a description of and possible explanation to patterns of innovation adoption in the agricultural sector. Covers both empirical and theoretical studies. Highlights the diversity in observed patterns among various farmers' classes as well as difference in results from different studies in different socio-economic environments, and reviews the attempts to rationalize such findings. Special attention is given to the methodologies which are commonly used in studies of innovation adoption and suggestions for improvements of such work through the use of appropriate econometric methods are provided.