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The effects of a participatory approach on the adoption of agricultural technology: focusing on the social network structure in rural Ethiopia

Collection:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Contributor:
Takahashi, Ryo (main author), Todo, Yasuyuki (author), Degefa, Terefe (author)
Format:
Journal article
Publication Date:
2015
URL:
https://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/206116
Published:
Ethiopia
Location:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
adoption, adoption behavior, complexity, credibility (sources), diffusion, diffusion of information, education effects, extension, extension agents, extension communication, farmers, farming methods, networks, participation, research, soil, technological advancement, trust, information sharing, Ethiopia (Africa, Eastern), social networking
Notes:
This study empirically examined the effects of the participatory approach on the adoption of new crop varieties and agricultural practices. Particularly, we focused on the social network structure and examined how the introduced technologies diffused through networks in rural Ethiopia. Our empirical results indicate that if farmers knew and trusted fellow participants, the probability of adopting a new variety increased by 25 percentage points. However, this network had no statistical impact on the diffusion of new agricultural practices. We conclude that the participatory approach has great potential in the adoption of new crop varieties through the social networks of farmers in Ethiopia.