Determinants and the perceived effects of adoption of sustainable improved food crop technologies by smallholder farmers along the value chain in Nigeria

  • Abiodun Elijah Obayelu Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, Nigeria
  • Peter Adebola Okuneye Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  • Adebayo Musediku Shittu Federal University of Agric., Abeokuta
  • Carolyn Afolake Afolami Federal University of Agric., Abeokuta
  • Adewale Oladapo Dipeolu Federal University of Agric., Abeokuta


Adoption of improved agricultural technologies is fundamental to transformation of sustainable farming system, and a driving force for increasing agricultural productivity. This study provides empirical evidence on the determinants, and the perceived effects of adoption of improved food crop technologies in Nigeria. It is a cross-sectional survey of available technologies and 1,663 farm households in Nigeria. Data were analyzed with both descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings revealed very low technology adoption index. Available food crop production technologies used by sampled respondents were assessed as effective, appropriate, readily available, affordable, durable, user and gender friendly, with requisite skill to use them. However, processing technologies such as cabinet dryer were observed as unaffordable, not durable, not gender or users friendly. Packaging machines are also not users or gender friendly; washing machine not affordable, durable and gender friendly. Grain processing technologies like De-stoner, grading, and packaging machines are still not locally available and affordable. While parboilers have a negative impact on product quality, farmers’ health and the environment, tomato grinding machines have positive impact on the quality of the product, health of the users, yield and negatively affect the environment. The main determinants of adoption are the crop types, farm size and locations. Adoption of herbicide and inorganic fertilizer were influenced by travel cost to nearest place of acquisition, while the age of farmer has a positive and significant influence on the adoption of pesticide, water management and cassava harvester. Interestingly, male farmers only exhibit greater likelihood of adopting land preparation, inorganic and organic fertilizer technologies compared to their female counterpart. Therefore, policy options that consider all users at the development stages, favour reduction of travel cost, increase farm size are recommended to encourage sustainable adoption of improved food cop technologies.

Author Biography

Abiodun Elijah Obayelu, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, Nigeria
Dr. Obayelu, Abiodun Elijah started his educational career in University of Ilorin, Kwara state Nigeria where he obtained Bachelor Degree in Agriculture (B. Agric) in 1995. In year 2002, he obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration (M.B.A) and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Ilorin and Ibadan, Nigeria respectively. Obayelu obtained his Ph.D degree in Agricultural Economics in August 2009 from University of Ibadan. Between 2005 and 2007, he was University of Ibadan Postgraduate School Teaching and Research Assistant and currently lectures in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB) Ogun State, Nigeria. His areas of interest include: Food and Consumer Welfare Economics, Development Economics and Agricultural Innovation. He has published extensively in both International and Local journals, and has to his credit over 30 publications. Dr. Obayelu has won a number of awards and international recognitions. These include PhD Doctoral Research Award by African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in August 2009, PhD Thesis Award by Postgraduate School University of Ibadan in 2009 and United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) recognition for outstanding service in reviewing, evaluating, and providing scholarly insights for the 2012 national conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 2012. Dr Obayelu is a member of editorial board of several international journals among which are: African Journal of Economic and Management Studies (AJEMS), Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies (EEMCS) and associate editor of the Journal of Agricultural Science published by the Canadian Centre for Science Education. He is also a member of both international and local associations including the African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), Royal Economic Society (RES), Chinese Economics Society (CES), Emerald Literati Network and African Economics Research Consortium Network.


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How to Cite
Obayelu, A. E., Okuneye, P. A., Shittu, A. M., Afolami, C. A., & Dipeolu, A. O. (2016). Determinants and the perceived effects of adoption of sustainable improved food crop technologies by smallholder farmers along the value chain in Nigeria. Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development (JAEID), 110(1), 155-172.
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