Food Security

, Volume 7, Issue 6, pp 1239–1258 | Cite as

Impact of agricultural technology adoption on asset ownership: the case of improved cassava varieties in Nigeria

  • Bola Amoke Awotide
  • Arega D. Alene
  • Tahirou Abdoulaye
  • Victor M. Manyong
Original Paper


Using household survey data from a sample of about 850 households selected from six States in south-west Nigeria, this paper analyses the effects of the adoption of improved cassava varieties (ICVs) on asset ownership among smallholder farmers. The results of the linear regression with endogenous treatment effects showed that adoption of ICVs is positively related to asset ownership. The results further showed that ICVs had greater impact on asset ownership among female-headed households. The impact analysis using propensity score matching (PSM) showed a significant and positive effect of adoption of ICVs on asset ownership and a negative effect on asset poverty. The empirical results suggest that improved agricultural technologies can play a key role in strengthening asset ownership of smallholder farmers for increased agricultural productivity and income generation.


Adoption Assets Poverty Impact PSM Farmer Cassava Nigeria 

JEL Classification

C14 I32 O32 Q16 


Statement of compliance with ethical standard

We hereby declared that this paper is an original manuscript and has not been published in any journal elsewhere. We also have the full consent and permission of IITA to use this data for this publication.

Authors’ contribution

In addition all the authors have contributed meaningfully to this paper.

Conflict of interest

Finally, we declared that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bola Amoke Awotide
    • 1
  • Arega D. Alene
    • 2
  • Tahirou Abdoulaye
    • 3
  • Victor M. Manyong
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural EconomicsUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria
  2. 2.International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)IbadanNigeria
  3. 3.International Institute of Tropical AgricultureLilongweMalawi
  4. 4.International Institute of Tropical AgricultureDar Es SalaamTanzania

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