Public Expenditures, Private Incentives, and Technology Adoption: The Economics of Hybrid Rice in South Asia

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David J. Spielman

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Deepthi Elizabeth Kolady

Cornell University

Patrick Ward

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Harun-Ar- Rashid

Agricultural Advisory Society (AAS)

Kajal Gulati

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date Written: December 1, 2012

Abstract

The rapid expansion of hybrid rice cultivation in China has contributed significantly to improving food security in the country since the 1980s. However, few other Asian countries have seen similar expansions in hybrid rice cultivation or the associated yield and output gains. This paper examines the technical challenges, market opportunities, and policy constraints related to hybrid rice in South Asia, with specific emphasis on India and Bangladesh. The paper sets the discussion within a novel analytical approach to agricultural science, technology, and innovation that focuses on improving the efficiency with which new technologies are transformed into economically relevant products and services.

Keywords: hybrid rice, agricultural research and development, technological change, innovation, South Asia

JEL Classification: Q16, Q18, O31, O33

Suggested Citation

Spielman, David J. and Kolady, Deepthi Elizabeth and Ward, Patrick and Rashid, Harun-Ar- and Gulati, Kajal, Public Expenditures, Private Incentives, and Technology Adoption: The Economics of Hybrid Rice in South Asia (December 1, 2012). IFPRI Discussion Paper No. 01233, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2197486 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2197486

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Deepthi Elizabeth Kolady

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Kajal Gulati

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