Journal of
Development and Agricultural Economics

  • Abbreviation: J. Dev. Agric. Econ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9774
  • DOI: 10.5897/JDAE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 553

Full Length Research Paper

Interdependencies and sequential patterns in adoption of dairy technologies in Ethiopia

Kebebe Ergano
  • Kebebe Ergano
  • International Livestock Research Institute, P.O. Box 5689 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 07 January 2017
  •  Accepted: 28 April 2017
  •  Published: 31 July 2017


In this paper adoption of dairy technologies in the Ethiopian highlands was examine using seemingly unrelated multivariate probit model which encompasses the effects of interdependencies of multiple technologies and unobserved heterogeneity in a unified framework. Model estimates show that household's likelihood of adopting dairy technologies is jointly determined by the observed household characteristics as well as unobserved household level and contextual factors. Empirical results show strong evidence of interdependencies in adoption decisions of dairy technologies, largely accounted by omitted variables. Among explanatory variables, while household income is positively associated with adoption of crossbred dairy cows, the size of livestock holdings is negatively associated with adoption of crossbred dairy cows. Overall, the results of this study suggest that the challenge to foster large scale uptake of technologies and productivity growth in the dairy sector goes beyond addressing household-level factors and requires a better understanding of unobserved heterogeneity among farmers and contextual factors.

Key words: Dairy, technology adoption, seemingly unrelated multivariate probit, heterogeneity.