Impact of Use of Chemical Fertiliser on Farm Householdsâ€™ Risk Behaviour and Food Security in Ethiopia
Keywords:Chemical Fertilizer, Risk Behaviour, Food Security, Northern Ethiopia
AbstractThis paper explores the impact of chemical fertiliser on smallholder farmersâ€™ risk behaviour and food security. The findings show that the severity of food security is lower for farmers who adopted chemical fertiliser (15%) than those who didnâ€™t adopt (27%). Risk taking behaviour is predominantly associated with farmers who adopt chemical fertiliser. The number of food secure farmers was higher for risk taker farmers (54%) than that of risk averse farmers (46%). Use of chemical fertiliser significantly affected both farmersâ€™ risk behaviour and food security. Therefore, it can be concluded that since risk averse farmers are less likely to adopt chemical fertiliser and other technological innovations, it entails improving their awareness through demonstration, teaching and public discussion.
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