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Ex-ante impact evaluation of the L23 rice genotype on the colombian Altillanura plains


Introduction. The Colombian Altillanura is going through a process of transformation, marked by the expansion of its agricultural border. In the region, it is being implemented a research agenda that seeks to develop and validate promising  technologies  for  the  improvement  of  productivity  and  sustainability  of  agricultural  production  systems.  Economic evaluation plays an important role in prioritizing activities, allocating resources, and guiding agricultural research towards rural development objectives. Objective. The objective of this work was to implement an ex-ante economic  evaluation  to  estimate  the  results  and  potential  impacts  of  the  new  promising  L23  rice  line  improved  for  the Colombian Altillanura. Materials and methods. The impact was measured on the L23 rice genotype, which was developed as a collaboration between the Colombian Corporation of Agricultural Research (AGROSAVIA) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), for the Colombian Altillanura. The ex-ante evaluation combined a partial budgets analysis with information from experimental tests and economic surpluses model. Results. The two methodological approaches were consistent and showed that with the adoption of the L23 genotype at least 29.7%, a probability of 17.1 % could be achieved for rice producers in the Altillanura due to the expected increase in crop yield. However, a sensitivity analysis of the assumptions warns that a low potential level of adoption along with non-significant changes in yield would make the research and development of the new genotype economically unfeasible. Conclusion. For the research, development and, introduction of the L23 rice genotype to be profitable, it is required a diffusion process that allows the reproduction of the seed and facilitates the access to producers, so that they can reach higher levels of adoption.

Agronomía Mesoamericana 30 [3] (2019): 615-630

Document author: Diego Armando Marín-Salazar , Robert Santiago Andrade-López , Ricardo Antonio Labarta-Chaverri , Ángela Rocío Vásquez-Urriago , Samuel Caicedo Guerrero
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