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Do Land Ownership and Agro-Ecological Location of Farmland Influence Adoption of Improved Rice Varieties? Evidence from Sierra Leone

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Department of Agricultural Economics and Management, School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
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Department of Agricultural Economics, Njala University, Private Mail Bag, Freetown 47235, Sierra Leone
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China Academy for Rural Development (CARD), Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
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Agriculture 2019, 9(12), 256; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture9120256
Received: 4 November 2019 / Revised: 22 November 2019 / Accepted: 26 November 2019 / Published: 1 December 2019
This study investigates the impact of farmland ownership and agro-ecological location on the adoption of the two most important sources of improved rice varieties (NERICA and ROK) in the context of Sierra Leone. In terms of farmland ownership, the results showed that farmers who cultivated their own land had a higher tendency of remaining as non-adopters of improved varieties, but those who rented farmland or were engaged in sharecropping had higher adoption rates of improved rice varieties. Also, the location of farmland (uplands or inland valley swamps) determined the rates of adoption of improved varieties differently. For instance, upland regions showed faster adoption of ROK varieties, but inland valley areas showed faster adoption of NERICA varieties. We also examined the survival rates of local rice varieties. The adoption of improved varieties was only occurring at a very low rate, and the farmers’ adoption of ROK varieties was swifter than for NERICA varieties. This study recommends that policies advocating the adoption of improved rice varieties in Sierra Leone must take into consideration the patterns of farmland ownership and location.
Keywords: land ownership; agro-ecological locations; adoption rate; improved rice variety; Sierra Leone land ownership; agro-ecological locations; adoption rate; improved rice variety; Sierra Leone
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Mansaray, B.; Jin, S.; Horlu, G.S.A. Do Land Ownership and Agro-Ecological Location of Farmland Influence Adoption of Improved Rice Varieties? Evidence from Sierra Leone. Agriculture 2019, 9, 256.

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