The Impact of Cooperatives on Agricultural Technology Adoption: Empirical Evidence from Ethiopia

Posted: 20 Nov 2012

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Degnet Abebaw

Ethiopian Economics Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute

Mekbib Haile

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF)

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Using cross-sectional data and a propensity score matching technique, this paper investigates the impact of cooperatives on adoption of agricultural technologies. Our analysis indicates that cooperative members are more likely to be male-headed households, have better access to agricultural extension services, possess oxen, participate in off-farm work, and have leadership experience. We also found that geographic location and age of household head are strongly associated with cooperative membership. Our estimation results show that cooperative membership has a strong positive impact on fertilizer adoption. The impact on adoption of pesticides turns out to be statistically significant when only agricultural cooperatives are considered. Further analysis also suggests that cooperative membership has a heterogeneous impact on fertilizer adoption among its members. The results suggest that cooperatives can play an important role in accelerating the adoption of agricultural technologies by smallholder farmers in Ethiopia.

Keywords: cooperatives, agricultural technology, adoption, impact evaluation, Ethiopia

Suggested Citation

Abebaw, Degnet and Haile, Mekbib, The Impact of Cooperatives on Agricultural Technology Adoption: Empirical Evidence from Ethiopia (2012). Food Policy, Vol. 38, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2177822

Degnet Abebaw

Ethiopian Economics Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute ( email )

Addis Ababa, 34282
Ethiopia

Mekbib Haile (Contact Author)

University of Bonn - Center for Development Research (ZEF) ( email )

Walter-Flex-Str. 3
Bonn, NRW 53113
Germany

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