Adoption of exotic chicken breeds by rural poultry keepers in Ethiopia

E. Wondmeneh, E.H. van der Waaij, D. Tadelle, H.M.J. Udo, J.A.M. van Arendonk

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This study examines factors that determine the probability and intensity of adoption of exotic chickens among rural poultry producers in Ethiopia. A total of 240 respondents were interviewed from households that were selected by systematic random sampling. The differences between adopters and non-adopters were identified using descriptive statistics. Factors that affect the probability and intensity of adoption were identified using the Heckman selection two-step model. Adopters of exotic chickens had more social contact and less livestock income than non-adopters. Additionally, adopters had access to an off-farm income and credit and considered exotic chickens easier to manage than non-adopters (p <0.001). In the econometric analysis, the probability of adopting exotic chickens was found to be positively affected by access to an an off-farm income (p <0.01) and negatively by livestock income (p <0.05). The intensity of adoption was negatively affected by being male household head (p <0.001), having a larger farm size (p <0.01), and having livestock income (p <0.05).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-216
JournalActa Agriculturae Scandinavica Section A-Animal Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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