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Constraints in adopting improved technologies for maize cultivation: the case of Africa

Code: 9781838791124
T. Abdoulaye, The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria; A. S. Bamire and A. A. Akinola, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; and A. Alene, A. Menkir and V. Manyong, The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria

Chapter synopsis: The adoption of improved technology is essential for increasing productivity in the production of maize in Africa. This, in turn, will contribute to food self-sufficiency and the alleviation of poverty and food insecurity. This chapter reviews the importance of increasing the adoption rate of improved maize technologies, especially among smallholder farming households. Economic and Institutional barriers to the adoption of new technologies are considered, and then the role and importance of farmers’ individual situations and perspectives are emphasized, since these are vital to a full understanding of adoption decisions. Finally, strategies for promoting the adoption of improved maize technologies are examined.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0001.18
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Understanding farmers’ decisions on improved technology adoption: the adoption theory 3 Adoption of improved maize technologies 4 Constraining factors in the adoption of improved maize technologies: economic and institutional factors 5 Constraining factors in the adoption of improved maize technologies: the importance of farmers’ characteristics and perspectives 6 Strategies for improving the adoption of improved maize technologies 7 Conclusion 8 Where to look for further information 9 References

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