African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6693

Full Length Research Paper

Farmers’ perceptions of fertilizer micro-dosing adoption and continued use in Burkina Faso

Mamadou Sanogo
  • Mamadou Sanogo
  • 1Faculty of bioscience Engineering, Earth and Life Institute, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
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Frédéric Gaspart
  • Frédéric Gaspart
  • 1Faculty of bioscience Engineering, Earth and Life Institute, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
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Daniel Kabore
  • Daniel Kabore
  • 2Centre d’Analyse des Politiques Economiques et Sociales (CAPES), Burkina Faso.
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Jean-Baptiste Taonda
  • Jean-Baptiste Taonda
  • 3Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Burkina Faso.
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Idriss Serme
  • Idriss Serme
  • 3Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA), Burkina Faso.
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Marie-Paule Kestemont
  • Marie-Paule Kestemont
  • Faculty of Science, Louvain school of Statistics, Biostatistics and Actuarial Science, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
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Charles Bielders
  • Charles Bielders
  • Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Earth and Life Institute, Environmental Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
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  •  Received: 23 May 2022
  •  Accepted: 22 September 2022
  •  Published: 30 November 2022

Abstract

This study analyzes fertilizer micro-dosing adoption and focuses on farmers' perceptions. Data used are from households selected based on agroecological characteristics. The bivariate probit model estimation results show that fertilizer microdosing adoption is a process. After the first adoption, 22.67% of farmers continued to apply fertilizer micro-dosing compared to 33.25% who discontinued. In addition, analysis results show that agronomic and economic performance and compliance with current practices from farmers' perceptions affect fertilizer micro-dosing adoption and continued use. That implies that in studies of agricultural innovations adoption, it would be relevant to consider decision-making stages by including farmers' perceptions.

Key words: Fertilizer micro-dosing, bivariate probit, farmers’ perceptions, Burkina Faso.