Farmers’ adoption of improved maize seeds in Ethiopia
Wageningen University designs a PhD funded research with US Agency for International Development on “Post-harvest & storage business models and farmers’ adoption of improved maize seed varieties in Ethiopia”
The GCFSI@WUR built upon the findings of the Scaling CRM convening in Washington DC to design a new project in Ethiopia. The project aims to investigate “how post-harvest and maize market information influence farmers’ demand for improved maize seeds”. As part of the project a “sandwich” PhD from Ethiopia will be hired for this work from late 2015 to 2018 with field work to start immediately after hiring.
To answer the research question, the project will first define the post- harvest and maize market information based on the viable storage business models available in the country, and then test its impact on farmers’ choices for improved seed varieties.
This project complements and builds synergies between USAID, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and other partners with the common aim to dig deeper in storage infrastructure related knowledge in Ethiopia, on the one hand, and on demand of improved maize seed varieties in combination with its complementary outputs, on the other hand.
The Management Studies (MST) Group at Wageningen University will lead this project (2015-2016) in addition and complementarity with its participation in the Core Technical Team of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (2012-2017).
The project is currently under formal approval.
A Sandwich PhD from Ethiopia will be hired for this work from late 2015 to 2018 with field work to start immediately after hiring.
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Posted on June 26, 2015, in Funding opportunities, News from GCFSI and tagged CIMMYT, entrepreneurship and innovation in development, Ethiopia, improved maize seeds, post-harvest and storage business models. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.