The Complex Dynamics of Smallholder Technology Adoption: The Case of Sri in Madagascar

Posted: 30 Sep 2003 Last revised: 13 Feb 2015

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Christine M. Moser

Cornell University - Department of Economics and Management

Christopher B. Barrett

Cornell University - Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Date Written: June 1, 2003

Abstract

This article explores the dynamics of smallholder technology adoption, with particular reference to a high-yielding, low external input rice production method in Madagascar. We present a simple model of technology adoption by farm households in an environment of incomplete financial and land markets. We then use a probit model and symmetrically censored least squares estimation of a dynamic tobit model to analyze the decisions to adopt, expand, and disadopt the method. We find that seasonal liquidity constraints discourage adoption by poorer farmers. Learning effects—both from extension agents and from other farmers—exert significant influence over adoption decisions.

Keywords: Technology adoption, learning, the System of Rice Intensification, conformity effects

JEL Classification: O0, Q0

Suggested Citation

Moser, Christine M. and Barrett, Christopher B., The Complex Dynamics of Smallholder Technology Adoption: The Case of Sri in Madagascar (June 1, 2003). Agricultural Economics Vol. 35, No. 3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=431321 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.431321

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