Measuring Agricultural Knowledge and Adoption

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Florence Kondylis

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Valerie Mueller

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Siyao Jessica Zhu

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Date Written: October 1, 2014

Abstract

Understanding the trade-offs in improving the precision of agricultural measures through survey design is crucial. Yet, standard indicators used to determine program effectiveness may be flawed and at a differential rate for men and women. The authors use a household survey from Mozambique to estimate the measurement error from male and female self-reports of their adoption and knowledge of three practices: intercropping, mulching, and strip tillage. Despite clear differences in human and physical capital, there are no obvious differences in the knowledge, adoption, and error in self-reporting between men and women. Having received training unanimously lowers knowledge misreports and increases adoption misreports. Other determinants of reporting error differ by gender. Misreporting is positively associated with a greater number of plots for men. Recall decay on measures of knowledge appears prominent among men but not women. Findings from regression and cost-effectiveness analyses always favor the collection of objective measures of knowledge. Given the lowest rate of accuracy for adoption was around 80 percent, costlier objective adoption measures are recommended for a subsample in regions with heterogeneous farm sizes.

Keywords: Poverty Assessment, Poverty Lines, Poverty Diagnostics, Small Area Estimation Poverty Mapping, Climate Change and Agriculture, Poverty Impact Evaluation, Poverty Monitoring & Analysis

Suggested Citation

Kondylis, Florence and Mueller, Valerie and Zhu, Siyao Jessica, Measuring Agricultural Knowledge and Adoption (October 1, 2014). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7058, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2510596

Florence Kondylis (Contact Author)

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Valerie Mueller

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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Siyao Jessica Zhu

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Washington, DC 20433
United States

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