Roles of extension and ethno-religious networks in acceptance of resource-conserving agriculture among Ethiopian farmers

Petr Matouš*, Yasuyuki Todo, Dagne Mojo

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

58 Citations (Scopus)


This article analyses roles of social and extension networks in adoption of resource-conserving practices among Ethiopian farmers. We gathered data from 297 randomly sampled households on their agricultural practices, social networks, access to the extension, and geographical location. After examining general determinants of practising resource-conserving agriculture, we employ a two-stage regression with full-maximum likelihood correction for selection bias to establish the roles of general social networks and external professionals in acceptance of conservation techniques. In accordance with previous research, probit regression in the first stage shows that the access to extension increases with farmers' wealth and the size of their personal networks, and decreases with the distance of their households from village centres. However, after accounting for this unequal access to extension, the second-stage linear regression shows that regardless of education, wealth or geographical location, those whose religion and ethnicity match with their agent, report learning more about conservation from extension sources. Furthermore, farmers who are socially well connected within the community tend to be less receptive to agents' recommendations regarding resource conservation. Dissemination policy of conservation agriculture should consider the ethnic and religious affinity between farmers and their extension agents. It also needs to pay more attention to socially and geographically isolated individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-316
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Nov
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethiopia
  • extension systems
  • resource-conserving agriculture
  • social networks
  • technology adoption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


Dive into the research topics of 'Roles of extension and ethno-religious networks in acceptance of resource-conserving agriculture among Ethiopian farmers'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this