Effect of Farmers’ Multidimensional Beliefs on Adoption of Biofortified Crops: Evidence from Sweetpotato Farmers in Tanzania

Kelvin Mashisia Shikuku*, Julius Juma Okello, Kirimi Sindi, Jan W. Low, Margaret Mcewan

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Abstract

We examined the effect of multidimensional farmers’ beliefs on the likelihood of cultivating planting materials of biofortified orange-fleshed sweetpotato (OFSP) varieties. Using a panel dataset and combining difference-in-differences regression with propensity score matching, results showed positive effects of beliefs related to health benefits, yielding ability, sweetness, disease-resistance, storability, early maturity, colour, and that children enjoy eating OFSP roots, on cultivation of OFSP varieties. The proportion of OFSP roots out of total sweetpotato production for a household increased among farmers’ who held these beliefs. Efforts to promote biofortified crops can, therefore, benefit from taking farmers’ multidimensional beliefs into consideration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-242
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Volume55
Issue number2
Early online date21 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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