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Paulo Guilherme
Nova SBE PhD Alumnus
November 16, 2022
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Technology transfer in rice crop in Mozambique: from research to farmers

Adoption and diffusion of agricultural inputs are the stimuli for boosting yields and improve food security and nutrition in households in Mozambique. In his PhD thesis, Paulo Guilherme focuses on finding out the rice technology transfer setbacks, investigating rates of adoption and reasons for the low adoption in farmers and proposing measures for effective dissemination.

Abstract:

Adoption and diffusion of agricultural inputs are the stimuli for boosting yields and improve food security and nutrition in households in Mozambique. This study focuses on finding out the rice technology transfer setbacks, investigating rates of adoption and reasons for the low adoption in farmers and proposing measures for effective dissemination. Face-face interviews and semi -structure questionnaires have been undertaken on the research, extension and farmers levels. Further, econometric functions for empirical analysis were carried out to perform the results. But the process of technology transfer is constrained by many factors. The nonparametric test 𝜒2 and binary logistic regression model coefficient β showed that traditional technologies are yet predominant and that the socioeconomic factors determine decision choice on rice innovation. Finally, adopters are running in a decreasing production level as was illustrated by Cobb – Douglas Production Function. These results suggest that adoption of rice varieties and other production factors will be increased if the highlighted socioeconomic characteristics are improved and an effective scheme of agricultural factors dissemination is created and properly implemented.

This PhD Dissertation was presented by Paulo Guilherme as part of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Tropical Knowledge and Management. You can access the paper here.

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