Title page for ETD etd-08112004-154249

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Moyo, Sibusiso
Author's Email Address smoyo@vt.edu
URN etd-08112004-154249
Title The Economic Impact of Peanut Research on the Poor: The Case of Resistance Strategies to Control Peanut Viruses in Uganda
Degree Master of Science
Department Agricultural and Applied Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Norton, George W. Committee Chair
Alwang, Jeffrey R. Committee Member
Brewster, Charlene Committee Member
  • Agricultural research; Economic impact; Poverty me
Date of Defense 2004-07-28
Availability restricted
Economic impacts of research that developed Rosette virus-resistant peanut in Uganda are estimated, including the impacts on poverty. The impacts of technology on the cost of production at the household level are determined. This information is used to compute aggregate benefits in an economic surplus model. A probit model is used to identify the determinants of adoption using household data. Information regarding the determinants of adoption is combined with impacts of technology on the cost of production to identify income changes for adopting households. Foster-Greer-Thorbecke poverty measures are used to project changes in poverty for households that adopt. It is estimated that the poverty rate will decline by 1.3 percent as a result of the research.
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