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Substandard Fertilizer and Agricultural Performance: Evidence from Southeast Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa(2018_2_40_016)

We investigate the spread of substandard fertilizer in the market and its possible consequences on application and agricultural performance in Southeast Asia and sub-Sahara Africa. Low quality fertilizer discourages farmers from adopting modern technologies, and this leads to stagnant productivity growth. Based on careful observations and quantitative evidence from field surveys, we discuss the potential causes and consequences of the prevalence of substandard fertilizer. We also examine the role and effectiveness of the regulations and inspection institutions in dealing with this widely observed issue. Our goal is to provide valuable information and identify the implications for policies seeking to address the problem of substandard inputs in the developing world.

April 2018 - March 2020

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Arimoto Yutaka
(Associate Professor, Research Division of Comparative and World Economics,
Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University)
[ Co-researcher ] Tsukada Kazunari
[ Co-researcher ] Kojin Emi
[ Co-researcher ] Matsumoto Tomoya (Associate Professor, Otaru University of Commerce)
[ Co-researcher ] Mano Yukichi (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University)
  • Asia Keizai (in Japanese)