Productivity and welfare effects of agricultural technologies: A study of maize producing households in Ethiopia using PSM approach

Shita, Aynalem ; Kumar, Nand ; Singh, Seema

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of fertilizer and improved maize varieties of seeds on maize productivity and welfare of maize producing households based on survey data that has been obtained from 337 households in Ethiopia. Results have been estimated by using propensity score matching method. The study indicates that adoption of fertilizer and improved maize varieties increases maize productivity ranging from 9.11-9.95 quintal/ha and enhance welfare of maize producers evidenced by an increase in consumption expenditure of 1021-1297 birr. The implication of this study is the need of unreserved and continuous effort to enhance adoption of agriculture technologies by small holder farmers to reduce the challenge of food security

Keyword(s)

Productivity, Welfare, Fertilizer, Improved maize varieties, Ethiopia


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