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Weather Risk: How Does It Change the Yield Benefits of Nitrogen Fertilizer and Improved Maize Varieties in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Publication Date: October, 2016

The purpose of this research was to explore how weather risk affects the value of nitrogen fertilizer use and improved seed variety adoption to Sub-Saharan African (SSA) maize farmers.

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Essays on Agricultural Production, Risk, and Productivity

Publication Date: February, 2015

This dissertation takes two different research perspectives to address the central theme of agricultural production and productivity.

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Food Security in a World of Growing Natural Resource Scarcity: The Role of Agricultural Technologies

Publication Date: January, 2014

Authors use crop and impact models to examine which current and potential agricultural technologies offer solutions to fight hunger.

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Climate Risk Management Through Sustainable Land Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

Publication Date: September, 2011

Empirical evidence has shown that farmers can adapt to climate change by using sustainable land and water management (SLWM) practices that provide local mitigation benefits, reducing or offsetting the negative effects of climate change at the level of the plot, farm, or even landscape. However, adaptation to climate change using SLWM practices in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) remains low. This study was conducted to examine the impact of government policies on adaptation to climate change.

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Seeds of Change: Corn Seed Mixtures for Resistance Management and Integrated Pest Management

Publication Date: April, 2011

This commentary explores issues that regulators, industry, and other stakeholders should consider as the use of biotechnology increases and seed mixtures are implemented as a major tactic for IRM.

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A Review of Agricultural Production Risk in the Developing World

Publication Date: January, 2010

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the empirical literature that investigates farmers’ risk attitudes and responses to production risk in developing countries.

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Valuing Monitoring Networks for Invasive Species: The Case of Soybean Rust

Publication Date: January, 2010

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the benefits of the soybean rust monitoring network to producers and to determine how this value changes as producers become more aware of the true risk of infection.

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Effects of Weed Resistance Concerns and Resistance Management Practices on the Value of Roundup Ready Crops

Publication Date: January, 2009

This study estimates grower benefits of Roundup-Ready (RR) weed management programs and how weed-resistance concerns and resistance-management practices affect those benefits.

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Science, Technology and Skills

Publication Date: October, 2007

This report was commissioned by the CGIAR Science Council and prepared as a Background Paper for the 2008 World Development Report of the World Bank.

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CLIMEX: Predicting the Effects of Climate on Plants and Animals: User Guide

Publication Date: January, 1999

CLIMEX is a software package for developing models on the impact of climate on plants and animals