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Productivity and production risk effects of adopting drought-tolerant maize varieties in Zambia

Source(s):  Emerald Group Publishing Limited (Emerald)

Productivity and production risks affect the use of agricultural production practices and inputs, particularly in developing countries. This paper aims to investigate the effects of adopting drought-tolerant maize varieties (DTMVs) on farm productivity, yield variance and downside risk exposure of maize growing households of Zambia.

The study reveals that DTMV adoption increases maize yield by 15 percent and reduces the risk of crop failure, lowering yield variance by 38 percent and exposure to downside risk by 36 percent. The results underscore the need for more concerted efforts to scale-out DTMVs for both maize productivity enhancement and for risk mitigation against weather shocks.



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  • Productivity and production risk effects of adopting drought-tolerant maize varieties in Zambia
  • Publication date 2019
  • Author(s) Amondo, Emily; Simtowe, Franklin; Bahadur Rahut, Dil; Erenstein, Olaf
  • Number of pages 22 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 1756-8692

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