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Farmer groups and inorganic fertiliser use among smallholders in rural South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-31 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-16T10:15:29Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-16T10:15:29Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-31 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/12283
dc.description.abstract Smallholder farmers in developing countries are characterised by low uptake of improved farm inputs and weak links to markets. Among other reasons, the high transaction costs that these smallholder farmers incur, as a result of their location in remote areas, inadequate information and missing credit markets, inhibit them from participating in both input and output markets. Organising farmers into groups has been suggested as a potential mechanism for reducing transaction costs. Accordingly, farmer groups have been preferred channels for smallholder farmer support in South Africa, both by the government and donors. However, the impact of these groups on smallholder outcomes such as technology adoption is largely unknown. We investigated the extent to which membership in farmer groups influences the use of improved farm inputs such as inorganic fertiliser among smallholder farmers in South Africa. A sample of 984 households was analysed using the propensity score matching method. Group membership was found to play a positive role in inorganic fertiliser use with a 14% higher chance of inorganic fertiliser use among group members. Among fertiliser users, group members used 170 kg more inorganic fertiliser than did non-members. Further analysis indicated that the effect of group membership on inorganic fertiliser use was heterogeneous among group members. The results suggest that farmer groups play a positive role in the use of improved farm inputs in South Africa. For greater effectiveness of group membership, policymakers should target the less educated, increase the assets of the poor and improve access to extension and information. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject RURAL COMMUNITIES en
dc.subject FARMERS en
dc.subject TECHNOLOGY en
dc.subject KWAZULU-NATAL en
dc.title Farmer groups and inorganic fertiliser use among smallholders in rural South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 114(5/6) en
dc.BudgetYear 2018/19 en
dc.ResearchGroup Economic Perfomance and Development en
dc.SourceTitle South African Journal of Science en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10402 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=20011 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 9368 en
dc.bibliographictitle Sinyolo, S. & Mudhara, M. (2018) Farmer groups and inorganic fertiliser use among smallholders in rural South Africa. <i>South African Journal of Science</i>. 114(5/6):Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2018 en
dc.contributor.author1 Sinyolo, S. en
dc.contributor.author2 Mudhara, M. en


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