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Importance of labor in adoption of a modern farm input

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Ndiaye, Serigne (main author), Sofranko, Andrew J. (author), Departments of Sociology and Agricultural Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Journal article
Publication Date:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois Box: 83
Subject Term:
Africa, development, innovations, rural development, Zambia
AGRICOLA IND 89035615, We explore the relationship between adoption of farm technology and labor availability in Africa. We use a case study of the introduction of a high-yielding variety of maize in an area of Zambia to examine the different aspects of the relationship between adoption and labor availability/mobilization. The research is based on an intensive 15-month study of 23 maize farmers, survey data from 240 of their farm workers, and data collected from an ongoing integrated rural development project. The data illustrate that the shift to hybrid maize requires additional labor. farmers' inability to mobilize additional labor results in partial adoption and various compromises in the performance of recommended practices. The labor survey reveals that despite farmers' preferences for hiring older workers and female labor, children are extensively employed because of their availability. We conclude by illustrating the need for adoption research that takes the broader farming environment into account.