Using Farmers' Preferences to Assess Development Policy: A Case Study of Uganda

20 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2010

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Philip James

Middlesex University - Business School

Abstract

As part of ongoing economic reforms, the Ugandan government implemented the Plan for the Modernisation of Agriculture (PMA) targeted at reducing rural poverty. This article demonstrates the application of a stated preference method using a choice experiment conducted in 9 sub-counties to assess farmers' preferences for adaptation options and identify areas of the PMA requiring reform to improve its effectiveness. This research shows the importance of microfinance, agricultural extension systems and basic education in farmers' adaptation decisions, and highlights a crucial need to improve local engagement in decision-making. A potentially problematic contradiction between farmers' preferences and some interventions proposed under the PMA is identified.

Suggested Citation

James, Philip, Using Farmers' Preferences to Assess Development Policy: A Case Study of Uganda. Development Policy Review, Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 359-378, May 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1583152 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2010.00487.x

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