Adoption of safer irrigation technologies and cropping patterns: Evidence from Southern Ghana

Abdulai, A., Owusu, V. and Bakang, J. E. A. (2011) Adoption of safer irrigation technologies and cropping patterns: Evidence from Southern Ghana Ecological Economics, 70 (7). pp. 1415-1423. DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.03.004.

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Abstract

The new irrigation technologies introduced in sub-Saharan Africa aim at ensuring safer vegetable production when untreated waste water is used as irrigation water. This paper examines the adoption of safer irrigation technologies and crop choices among vegetable farmers, using cross-section data from urban Kumasi in Ghana. The study employed a two-stage conditional maximum likelihood approach to examine the impact of crop choices and farm-level characteristics on the adoption of safer irrigation technologies. The empirical results indicate that apart from household and farm characteristics such as access to extension agents, belonging to a farmer's organization and education, cropping patterns tend to influence adoption of irrigation technologies for safer vegetable production. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Africa Untreated waste water Irrigation technology Vegetable production Technology adoption contamination markets uncertainty vegetables management model
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.03.004
ISSN: 0921-8009
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2012 05:03
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2012 05:03
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/16596

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