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Low quality, low returns, low adoption: evidence from the market for fertilizer and hybrid seed in Uganda
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
2015 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

To reduce poverty and food insecurity in Africa requires raising productivity in agriculture. Systematic use of fertilizer and hybrid seed is a pathway to increased productivity, but adoption of these technologies remains low. We investigate whether the quality of agricultural inputs can help explain low take-up. Testing modern products purchased in local markets, we find that 30% of nutrient is missing in fertilizer, and hybrid maize seed contains less than 50% authentic seeds. We document that such low quality results in negative average returns. If authentic technologies replaced these low-quality products, average returns for smallholder farmers would be over 50%.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Series
, CEPR Working Paper Series, 10743
Keyword [en]
agriculture, substandard inputs, technology adoption
National Category
Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125223OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-125223DiVA: diva2:892111
Available from: 2016-01-08 Created: 2016-01-08 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved

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