Barley Yield Gaps, Varietal Adoption, and Seed Commercial Behavior of Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia
Zewdie Bishaw, Dawit Alemu. (31/7/2017). Barley Yield Gaps, Varietal Adoption, and Seed Commercial Behavior of Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia. Amman, Jordan: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
Barley (food and malt) is among the most important crops for food and nutritional security of smallholders’ farmers in the mixed crop-livestock farming systems in the highlands of Ethiopia. Barley is normally grown twice a year during the small (belg) and main (meher) rainy seasons2. According to CSA (2014) estimates, it is cultivated on about 1.02 million ha, with a total grain production of 1.8 million tonnes and an average productivity of 1.71 tonnes ha-1, engaging about 4.5 million smallholders during the main season.