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Bodensiek, Andrés, 2020. The impact of agricultural credit on farm level technology adoption : the case of cacao production in post-conflict Colombia. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Economics



The purpose of this master thesis is to investigate how access to credit in Colombia's cacao production affects technology adoption. Technology adoption is defined as management practices, considering that low crop quality and productivity are the main problems faced by cacao farmers in Colombia. The empirical part focuses on the case of the cacao growing in 121 farms in three different municipalities located in the Southern region of the department of Tolima, Colombia. Data were obtained through primary sources from a farmer survey. Cluster analysis is used to construct two groups of management practices. Cluster membership is then explained in a regression model that includes among other variables the use of credit. Contrary to the initial hypothesis, there is no evidence of a positive impact of agricultural credit on technology adoption. These results could be used for a better allocation of credit access linked to the improvement of management practices like pruning and fertilization already being practiced by one group of farmers (Cluster 2) who are not the main receptors of agricultural credit. This case could hopefully contribute to an overall more efficient allocation of credit for the cacao farming in Colombia.

Main title:The impact of agricultural credit on farm level technology adoption
Subtitle:the case of cacao production in post-conflict Colombia
Authors:Bodensiek, Andrés
Supervisor:Rommel, Jens
Examiner:Hart, Robert and Carraresi, Laura
Series:Examensarbete / SLU, Institutionen för ekonomi
Volume/Sequential designation:1332
Year of Publication:2020
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM030 Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis (AFEPA) - Master's Programme, 120.0hp
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
Keywords:agricultural credit, cluster analysis, cacao farming, management practices, technology adoption, regression analysis
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Agricultural economics and policies
Deposited On:08 Dec 2020 11:47
Metadata Last Modified:09 Dec 2020 02:01

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