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Factors explaining the diffusion of hybrid maize in Latin America and the Caribbean region

By: Kosarek, J.
Contributor(s): Garcia, P [coaut.] | Morris, M.L [coaut.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticlePublisher: 2001ISSN: 1574-0862 (Revista en electrónico); 0169-5150.Subject(s): Caribbean | Development policies | Innovation adoption | Input output analysis | Latin America | Life cycle | Maize | Seed industry | Technology transfer | Varieties | Zea mays AGROVOC | Hybrids AGROVOC In: Agricultural Economics v. 26, no. 3, p. 267-280629688Summary: If future demand for maize in Latin America and the Caribbean region (LAC) is to be met from local sources, domestic production must continue to increase. Because further expansion in the area planted to maize is precluded by the limited availability of arable land, future increases in production will have to rely heavily on the spread of productivity-enhancing hybrid technology. Until now, the diffusion of hybrid maize in LAC has been quite variable. Using data from 18 countries, we investigate factors affecting the hybrid maize diffusion rate. Our findings validate conventional profitability-based explanations of producer adoption behavior, but they also confirm the importance of supply-side factors, thereby providing empirical support for the life cycle theory of seed industry development. We conclude that if policy makers in LAC are to accelerate the diffusion of hybrid maize, they will have to ensure an environment in which it is not only profitable for producers to adopt improved germplasm, but also profitable for the seed industry to produce and sell high-quality seed.Collection: CIMMYT Staff Publications Collection
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Lic. Jose Juan Caballero Flores

 

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If future demand for maize in Latin America and the Caribbean region (LAC) is to be met from local sources, domestic production must continue to increase. Because further expansion in the area planted to maize is precluded by the limited availability of arable land, future increases in production will have to rely heavily on the spread of productivity-enhancing hybrid technology. Until now, the diffusion of hybrid maize in LAC has been quite variable. Using data from 18 countries, we investigate factors affecting the hybrid maize diffusion rate. Our findings validate conventional profitability-based explanations of producer adoption behavior, but they also confirm the importance of supply-side factors, thereby providing empirical support for the life cycle theory of seed industry development. We conclude that if policy makers in LAC are to accelerate the diffusion of hybrid maize, they will have to ensure an environment in which it is not only profitable for producers to adopt improved germplasm, but also profitable for the seed industry to produce and sell high-quality seed.

Socioeconomics Program

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US-UIllinois 1999 KOSAREK M rf

Jose Juan Caballero

CIMMYT Staff Publications Collection

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