Exploring the potential for green revolution: a choice experiment on maize farmers in Northern Ghana

Mahadevan, Renuka and Asafu-Adjaye, John (2015) Exploring the potential for green revolution: a choice experiment on maize farmers in Northern Ghana. African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 10 3: 207-221.

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Author Mahadevan, Renuka
Asafu-Adjaye, John
Title Exploring the potential for green revolution: a choice experiment on maize farmers in Northern Ghana
Journal name African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics
ISSN 1993-3738
Publication date 2015-09
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 10
Issue 3
Start page 207
End page 221
Total pages 15
Place of publication Nairobi, Kenya
Publisher African Association of Agricultural Economists
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Conventional modelling approaches to understand farmers’ adoption preferences tend to ignore the range of choices farmers face, as well as the trade-offs among various possibilities to improve crop yield. To address this deficiency, this study employs the choice modelling approach to examine famers’ valuation of various attributes under a Green Revolution package to improve crop yield. It was found that the use of chemical fertilisers and drought-resistant seed varieties was highly valued by farmers in the two regions of Northern Ghana. Information on farmers’ willingness to pay for chemical fertilisers is a useful tool for reducing the current high fertiliser subsidy. Food-insecure farmers, on the other hand, valued organic fertilisers and drought-resistant seeds, while female-headed households among food-secure farmers had a preference for organic fertiliser. Legume intercropping to fix soil fertility has some potential for promotion among farmers, but it was less valued than chemical fertilisers. Farm households did not appear to be interested in using seed varieties that vary in time to maturation, which have potential benefits in the face of current climate variability and future climate change. More in-depth study is required to better understand these issues.
Keyword Choice experiment
Green revolution
Food insecurity
Random parameter model
Ghana
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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