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The State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014, Potts, Jason, and Lynch Matthew , 06/2014, p.135-155, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Challenges of farmers’ innovativeness in central zone, Tigray, Ethiopia A, Gebre, Girma Gezimu, and Zegeye Dawit Mamo , International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research, 05/2014, Volume 2, Issue 5, Ethiopia, p.223, (2014) , (Academic Publication)
Effect of crude oil price on Cocoa production in Nigeria (1961-2008): A cointergration and error correction modelling approach, Binuomote, S. O., and Odeniyi K. A. , Wilolud Journal, 09/2013, Volume 3, Issue 23, Nigeria, p.30, (2013) , (Academic Publication)
A product chain organisation study of certified Cocoa supply, Afrane, George, Arvidsson Rickard, Baumann Henrikke, Borg Josefin, Keller Emma, Canals Llorenç Milà í, and Selmer Julie K. , The 6th International Conference on Life Cycle Management, 08/2013, Gothenburg, (2013) , (Academic Publication)
Analysis of Incentives and Disincentives for Cocoa In Ghana , Asante-Poku, A, and Angelucci F , 04/2013, Accra, (2013) , (Academic Publication)

Challenges of farmers’ innovativeness in central zone, Tigray, Ethiopia A

TitleChallenges of farmers’ innovativeness in central zone, Tigray, Ethiopia A
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGebre, Girma Gezimu, and Zegeye Dawit Mamo
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Start Page216
End Page223
Date Published05/2014
PublisherAksum University
Place PublishedEthiopia
Publication LanguageEnglish

Transformation of agriculture is essential for sustainable growth and
national progress of developing countries. To be successful in achieving this
objective Extension worker, researchers, development practitioners, and
institutions involved in rural development have to play a crucial role in
increasing farmers’ competency. This is measured by their success in
making farmers use their ability to innovate. However, in most cases
Extension is seen trying to transfer technologies developed by research
scientists to farmers. But many of these technologies are too expensive for
the hundreds of millions of small-scale farmers. Moreover, these packages
are often standardized and promoted countrywide, without concerning to
agro ecological differences. Therefore; the main objective of this study was
to assess farmers’ innovativeness and realize its challenges in the central
zone, Tigray. To achieve this objective both purposive and random sampling
procedure were used to select representative samples in the study area of
the region. Accordingly, total of 160 representative farmers were intervened
to generate primary data. In addition, secondary data were collected from
relevant sources. Binary logit model was employed to identify the
determinant factors in farmers’ innovativeness. 12 explanatory variables
were used for the binary logit model, out of which 5 were found to be
significant to affect farmers’ innovativeness. These were farm experience,
participation in non-farm activities, participation in extension events, access
to credit service and participation in social organizations. Any effort in
promoting farmers’ innovativeness, therefore, should consider these factors.



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