Does Internet use promote the adoption of agricultural technology? Evidence from 1 449 farm households in 14 Chinese provinces



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https://doi.org/10.1016/S2095-3119(21)63750-4
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journal article
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Journal of Integrative Agriculture
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1
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282-292
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21
Year: 
2022
Author(s): 
Zheng Y.Y.
Zhu T.H.
Jia W.
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China is characterized as ‘a large country with many smallholder farmers’ whose participation in modern agriculture is key to the country’s modern agriculture development. Promoting smallholder farmers’ adoption of modern agricultural production technology is one effective way to improve the capabilities of smallholder farmers. This paper aims to explore the impact of Internet use on the adoption of agricultural production technology by smallholder farmers based on a survey of 1 449 smallholders across 14 provinces in China. The results suggest that Internet use can significantly promote technology adoption, with the probability of adopting new crop varieties, water-saving irrigation technology and straw-returning technology increasing by 0.200, 0.157 and 0.155, respectively. Furthermore, the effect of Internet use is found to be heterogeneous with a greater effect on smallholder farmers having low education levels, limited training, and high incomes. To increase agricultural production technology adoption by smallholders, rural Internet infrastructure and Internet use promotion should be the focus for the Chinese government.

Publication year: 
2022
Keywords: 
Internet use
Smallholder farmers
Agricultural technology adoption