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Farm size and effects of chemical fertilizer price on farm households: Insights from Nepal Terai

This research explores how inputs such as chemical fertilizer that are often complementary to labor can benefit smallholders in countries like Nepal. These and other inputs complement labor when a country experiences periods of increased labor…

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What drives input subsidy policy reform? The case of Zambia, 2002–2016

When and why do suboptimal agricultural policies persist despite technical evidence highlighting alternatives? And what explains episodes of reform after prolonged periods of policy inertia? This paper addresses these questions by applying the…

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Framework to assess performance and impact of pluralistic agricultural extension systems: The best-fit framework revisited

Extension and advisory services (EAS) are well recognized as a key factor in contributing to agricultural productivity and growth. However, rigorous evaluation of EAS approaches and assessment of complex national or subnational pluralistic EAS systems…

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Limits to green revolution in rice in Africa: The case of Ghana

This paper examines closely the constraints in productivity improvements and evaluates available rice technologies looking at the heterogeneity of irrigated and rainfed ecologies in 10 regions in Ghana. Employing yield response models, profitability…

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Adoption of food safety measures among Nepalese milk producers: Do smallholders benefit?

Food safety is the most vital component of food security. One option to ensure food safety is through enhancing compliance at the farm level. This study investigates the status, estimates the cost, identifies the determinants, and assesses the impact…