Understanding the constraints to, and incentives for, agricultural technologies adoption is fundamental for greater targeting, research priority setting, technology uptake and research impacts.
The icipe SSIA Unit undertakes rigorous technologies adoption and impact assessments (ex-ante and ex-post impacts on productivity, income, food and nutrition security, poverty reduction, environment outcomes), to generate knowledge and evidence base to address development challenges in Africa.
These studies involve collection and analyses of cross-sectional and panel data on household, farm and village characteristics, the resources base of households, input use, farmers’ perception on technology, technology adoption patterns and constraints, farm and societal level-effects of technology adoption, etc.
A range of advanced methods such as econometric, Randomized Control Trial (RCT) and economic surplus approach, are used to analyze adoption and impacts of adoption. Adoption and impact studies documenting the extent and barriers and enabling conditions to stimulate, support and enhance the uptake of icipe's technologies and gains from adoption (productivity, income, food and nutrition security, poverty reduction and improved environment) provide important information, not only for evaluating the adoption potential of new technologies but also for enhancing priority setting, targeting, adoption and impacts through improved policies and institutions.
The adoption and impact studies thus help to derive the required feedback for researchers to improve the focus of research and delivery efforts, policy makers and donors which often require evidence of impact (e.g whether the interventions are worth the financial investments), so as to sustain and improve research and development funding flow.