The impact of finance and funding on technology adoption in Africa

Ahmed, Allam (2005) The impact of finance and funding on technology adoption in Africa. Journal of African Development, 7 (1). pp. 20-41. ISSN 1060-6076

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Although Sudan is a predominately agricultural economy, crop productivity is extremely low and does not exceed 30% of the level attained in research farms. Even though most farmers acknowledge the great bene¯ts of technologies provided by research and academic institutions, they argue that most of these technologies are very expensive to adopt, and there is no source of funds to adopt them even if they were not expensive in the ¯rst place. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to address the impact of ¯nance and funding on the adoption of agricultural technologies in the Sudan. This paper attempts to demonstrate how limitations of ¯nance and funding could explain the failure of Sudanese farmers to adopt the available technology and raise productivity. Finally, a number of ¯ndings emerge regarding the government policies and strategic planning that will e®ectively help and support small farmers. These ¯ndings may help policy makers take appropriate and immediate measures to improve agricultural productivity in the Sudan.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The study is based on stratified sampling of tenant farmers in a region of Sudan. It finds evidence for considerable misallocation of government resources in attempting to support such farming practices, and as a result that newly transferred technologies do little to improve their situation.
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Allam Ahmed
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:31
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2012 07:43
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