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Slash-and-burn cultivation practice and agricultural input demand and output supply

  • AWUDU ABDULAI (a1) and CLAUDIA R. BINDER (a2)

Abstract

This study uses an endogenous switching-regression model to examine the impact of slash-and-burn cultivation practice on the application of commercial fertilizer and pesticides, as well as yields and net returns. The empirical evidence of the study indicates that cross-section analysis of the impact of technology adoption on input demand and output supply should take into consideration sample selection, and also examine the impact separately for adopters and non-adopters. The results show that education, access to credit, land rights, and visits by extension agents reduce the probability of farmers adopting slash-and-burn farm practices. Environmental variables, such as soil quality and plot slope, do not impact on the adoption decision, but affect output supply of both adopters and non-adopters of slash-and-burn technology.

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Corresponding author: Tel: +49-431-880 4426. Fax: +49-431-880 7308. E-mail: aabdula@food-econ.uni-kiel.de

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The authors would like to thank Sara Scherr and Esther Leemann for the assistance in the development of the questionnaire. Regina Schöll and Christian Dannecker provided valuable research assistance. The authors also thank two anonymous reviewers and the editor for helpful comments. The usual disclaimer applies. Funding for this study was partially provided by the Swiss Centre for International Agriculture. Senior authorship is not assigned.

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Slash-and-burn cultivation practice and agricultural input demand and output supply

  • AWUDU ABDULAI (a1) and CLAUDIA R. BINDER (a2)

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