Impact of Improved Maize Adoption on Welfare of Farm Households in Malawi: A Panel Data Analysis

Published Date
July 01, 2014
Type
Journal Article
Impact of Improved Maize Adoption on Welfare of Farm Households in Malawi: A Panel Data Analysis
Authors:
Sosina Bezu
Girma Tesfahun Kassie, Bekele Shiferaw, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert

This paper assesses rural households’ decision to use improved maize varieties in Malawi and examines its impact on household welfare using a three-year household panel data. The distributional effect of maize technology adoption is investigated by looking at impacts across wealth and gender groups. We applied control function approach and IV regression to control for possible endogeneity of input subsidy and area under improved maize. We found that area under improved maize varieties is positively correlated with own maize consumption, income and asset holdings. We found evidence that improved maize adoption has a stronger impact on welfare of poorer households.

Citation:
Sosina Bezu, Girma Kassie, Bekele Shiferaw, Jacob Ricker-Gilbert. (1/7/2014). Impact of Improved Maize Adoption on Welfare of Farm Households in Malawi: A Panel Data Analysis. World Development, 59, pp. 120-131.
Keywords:
input subsidy
technology adoption
food security