Date of Completion
Dr. Nathan Fiala; Dr. Charles Towe
Field of Study
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Master of Science
The international community has successfully developed improved varieties of seeds that yield high returns in the presence of drought, pests, and disease. This effort is in response to the persistent concern of food security, especially in regions that are most vulnerable to climate change. This study uses cross-sectional data from the World Bank Living Standards Measurement Survey to obtain estimates for the adoption of improved groundnut varieties (IGVs) in Uganda as well as gaps in farmer managerial capacity (alternatively known as technical inefficiency). To do so, this study employs an adoption logit model, in conjunction with a stochastic production frontier framework. The analysis indicates that adoption is lower than what has been previously estimated in the literature, and that regional factors play a strong role. Results also show that the use of IGVs is positively correlated with production but that large gaps remain in technical efficiency among groundnut farmers.
Paliwal, Neha, "Technological and Managerial Gaps in the Adoption of Improved Groundnut Seed Varieties in Uganda" (2016). Master's Theses. 928.
Dr. Boris Bravo-Ureta