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Input and Output Markets

Key ATAI research and insights on the impact of input and output markets on smallholder decision-making

Farmers who would benefit from technology adoption may be unable to access agricultural technologies due to inadequate infrastructure, missing supply chains or unprofitably high prices. Where technologies simply are not available at the local level, clearly the presence and efficiency of input supply chains plays a critical role in technology adoption (Emerick et al, 2015). Output market dynamics can also affect smallholder decision making. Information about market conditions and prevailing prices could influence farmers decisions of how, when, and where to sell their harvest, while search and transport costs, and relationships with traders, mediate producers’ access to potential points of sale.