Understanding farmers’ potato production practices and use of improved varieties in Chencha, Ethiopia

Yenenesh Tadesse*, Conny J.M. Almekinders, Rogier P.O. Schulte, Paul C. Struik

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This study was carried out to better understand non-adoption of improved varieties of potato (Solanum tuberosum) and associated technologies by smallholder farmers in Chencha, Ethiopia. Data were collected through a survey (n = 47) and in-depth interviews (n = 20). It shows how wealth status was a factor of major importance. Most wealthy and some medium-wealthy farmers adopted improved potato varieties and many of the improved production practices; they had access to seed, associated knowledge and support, and sufficient resources that were necessary to apply the improved practices. Non-adoption was common among many medium-wealthy and most poor farmers: they lacked—next to access to the technologies and knowledge—cash, land, and labor. Results indicated the need to rethink research and intervention efforts. Next to paying attention to differences in the access to technology and the related knowledge, there is a need to consider the variation in technology needs, supporting microcredit services, and room to experiment. As a result, different combinations of improved production practices may be adopted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-688
JournalJournal of Crop Improvement
Issue number5
Early online date23 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Adoption
  • farm realities
  • point score analysis
  • technology characteristics
  • wealth class


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