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2020-03-12 | Peer Reviewed

Complementarity of inorganic fertilizers and improved maize varieties and farmer efficiency in maize production in Kenya

Ogada, M. J., & Nyangena, W. (2019). Complementarity of inorganic fertilizers and improved maize varieties and farmer efficiency in maize production in Kenya. African Review of Economics and Finance, 11(1), 76-100.
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This study contributes to the literature and policy on the impact of partial and package adoption of inorganic fertilizers and improved maize varieties on yields among smallholder households in Kenya. We use a blend of the quasi-experimental difference-in-differences approach and propensity score matching to control for both time-variant and time-invariant unobservable household heterogeneity. Our findings show that inorganic fertilizers and improved maize varieties significantly improve yields when adopted as a package rather than as individual elements. The impact is greater at the lower end of the yield distribution than at the upper end, and when technical efficiency of the farmers improves. A positive effect of partial adoption is experienced only in the lower quantile of the yield distribution. The policy implication is that complementary agricultural technologies should be promoted as a package, and should target households and areas which are already experiencing low yields for greater impact.