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Cranfield University (1997)

A study of the socio-economic factors affecting the adoption of agricultural technology in the North East Arid Zone of Nigeria

Murry, N.J.A

Titre : A study of the socio-economic factors affecting the adoption of agricultural technology in the North East Arid Zone of Nigeria

Auteur : Murry, N.J.A

Université de soutenance : Cranfield University

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 1997

Résumé
Agriculture in the North East Arid Zone (NEAZ) has not developed to the extent that might have been hoped for. Recent assistance from the European Union under the auspices of the North East Arid Zone Development Programme (NEAZDP) represents an opportunity for positive progress. Part of the challenge faced by NEAZDP and others involved in the region’s agricultural development, is how to increase the adoption of technology that is appropriate to the needs of farmers and will continue to be used once the initial assistance is over. It is intended that this study makes a contribution towards achieving this goal. The overall aim of the study was to identify and explain the factors that affect the adoption of agricultural production technology in the NEAZ. Following a review of existing literature, a series of hypotheses was drawn up and data were collected in the field by conducting surveys at both village and farmer levels. The surveys were based upon questionnaires and interview schedules but were conducted in a semi-structured way, in order to allow for a certain amount of exploration of the issues raised. Statistical techniques were used to test the hypotheses and the results were combined with qualitative data gained from various different sources. The results were used to develop explanatory models of adoption and to make recommendations for future action and research. The results of the Village Level Survey reveal the extent to which a range of different techniques was adopted throughout the study area and give a valuable insight into the diffusion process. Three techniques were selected for investigation at the farmer level : the ashasha hoe, the ox-plough and a variety of short season millet called Dambaduma. The Farmer Level Survey results underline the value of economic theory as a toolkit for explaining adoption.

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