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Paper Abstract

Optimal decision making among the poor is often hampered by insufficient knowledge, false beliefs or wrong perceptions. This paper investigates the role of information in the decision to use modern inputs and adopt recommended agronomic practices among rice farmers in Uganda. Using field experiments, I tested whether the provision of technical information about the correct use of modern inputs and practices affects adoption of these technologies, and subsequent rice production. In addition, I assessed whether providing information aimed at changing the perception of the expected returns on such intensification investments led to different outcomes. In both experiments, the treatments took the form of short agricultural extension information videos shown to individual farmers using tablet computers. I found that both interventions resulted in increased intensification of rice cultivation, but only after accounting for the possibility of interference between farmers. These results confirm the importance of peer effects in increasing the effectiveness of information for technology adoption.

Paper Citation

Van Campenhout, Bjorn (2019). The Role of Information in Agricultural Technology Adoption: Experimental Evidence from Rice Farmers in Uganda. Forthcoming Economic Development and Cultural Change (doi: 10.1086/703868)

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https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/703868
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