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2009-05-19 | Policy Brief

The role of production risk in farm technology adoption

Ogada, Maurice Juma. 2009. “The role of production risk in farm technology adoption .” EFD policy Brief
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Production risks, gender, security of land tenure and regional factors are critical in adoption of farm technologies

The Kenya Vision 2030, World Bank (2008) and Strategy for Revitalization of Agriculture (2004) appreciate the fact that productivity of farmers can be improved through use of modern technologies. It is, however, surprising that despite the heavy investment by the government of Kenya in agricultural extension services, farmers, and particularly the small holders, have not sufficiently adopted the modern production technologies that guarantee sustainable land use. Without appropriate technology, agricultural productivity is jeopardized and agriculture becomes a threat to the environment.