Improving Technology Adoption in Agriculture through Extension Services : Evidence from Uruguay Maffioli, Alessandro Ubfal, Diego Vazquez-Bare, Gonzalo Cerdan-Infantes, Pedro 2013-05-13T18:09:38Z 2013-05-13T18:09:38Z 2013-03-08
dc.description.abstract This article evaluates whether cost-sharing public interventions are successful in promoting agricultural technology uptake by small and medium farmers, and whether these changes can affect yields. Our article contributes to the debate by providing empirical evidence, which is scarce in the literature, from a programme offering extension services to fruit producers in Uruguay. Using a unique panel data set, we estimate a fixed effects model for the impact of extension services on technology adoption and yields. We find evidence that the programme increased density of plantation. Once we address small sample issues, we also find some evidence of impact on the adoption of improved varieties. However, we find no evidence of impact on yields for the period under study. Although this lack of effects on yields could be due to the limited time frame of the evaluation and does not rule out effects on other measures of productivity, it may also indicate that the practices promoted by the programme are insufficient to induce a detectable impact on productivity and, consequently, sustainable benefits for the farmers. The study, therefore, confirms the need of including the design of impact evaluations in the policy design in order to properly consider the timing of all the potential effects and produce conclusive findings and precise recommendations. en
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Development Effectiveness
dc.identifier.issn 1943-9342
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Development Effectiveness;5(1)
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder World Bank
dc.subject agricultural technology transfer
dc.subject extension services
dc.subject program evaluation
dc.subject fixed effects
dc.title Improving Technology Adoption in Agriculture through Extension Services : Evidence from Uruguay en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.type Article de journal fr
dc.type Artículo de revista es
dspace.entity.type Publication 2013-04-02
okr.doctype Publications & Research :: Journal Article
okr.doctype Publications & Research
okr.externalcontent External Content
okr.globalpractice Agriculture
okr.journal.nbpages 64-81
okr.language.supported en
okr.peerreview Academic Peer Review Uruguay
okr.topic Agriculture :: Agricultural Extension
okr.volume 5(1)
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