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Does Adoption of Agricultural Innovations Impact Farm Production and Household Welfare in Sub-Saharan Africa? A Meta-Analysis

  • Kolawole Ogundari and Olufemi Daniel Bolarinwa
Abstract

Although adoption of agricultural innovations has been extensively examined in the literature, its impact on indicators of farm production and household welfare measures remains ambiguous in the context of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This study contributes to the literature by conducting a meta-regression analysis on 92 studies published between 2001 and 2015 in the SSA region. Overall, empirical results from the meta-analysis suggest that adoption of agricultural innovations has a positive and significant effect on indicators of farm production and household welfare measures. However, the magnitude of the impact is relatively small, which also suggests a weak relationship.

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Correspondence: Kolawole Ogundari ■ Department of Applied Economics & StatisticsUniversity of DelawareNewarkDelawareUSA ■ Email: ogundarikolawole@daad-alumni.de
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The authors thank the anonymous reviewers of this paper for their valuable comments on the earlier draft of the paper. Also, a previous version of this paper was presented at the 18th World Congress of International Economic Association (IEA) conference in Mexico City, Mexico, 19–23 June 2017. The first author would like to thank the African Development Bank (AfDB) and International Economic Association (IEA) for supporting his participation in the conference through the Young African Scholar Program. Also, the authors gratefully thanks the participants at the conference for their valuable comments on the earlier draft of the paper. However, the views expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily represent the policies or views of any sponsoring agencies.

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