Project Member

Asres Elias Baysa

Assistant Professor of Faculty of Agriculture, Tottori University

Contact Information

TEL: +81857315402 (office), +818045505224 (mobile)

Research Theme

  • Socio-economic impact assessment of agricultural development programs
  • Farm productivity and production efficiency
  • Agricultural technology adoption and innovation
  • Gender issues in rural development

Keyword: Agricultural advisory services (Agricultural extension); rural development; agricultural productivity; production efficiency; technology adoption; women role in agriculture; developing regions

Research Summary

Agricultural advisory (extension) services are a vital element that provide critical flows of scientific based information that can improve farmers’ and other rural peoples’ welfare. Apart from their conventional function of providing knowledge and skill for improved agricultural productivity and efficient utilization of limited resources, agricultural advisory services are expected to fulfill a variety of functions, such as linking smallholder farmers to high-value and export markets, promoting environmentally sustainable production techniques, and coping with natural and human made challenges that affect agriculture. However, rigorous impact evaluations of agricultural extension interventions on expected outcomes are scanty. In this regard, factors influencing effectiveness of agricultural extension services in fostering improved outcomes for farmers need to be investigated. Although, many factors affect the performance of agriculture in complex and contradictory ways and difficult to trace the relationship between extension inputs and their impact at the farm level and beyond, there are some existing methods to mitigate the challenges of attribution and estimating the counterfactual using macro level panel data collected at household and plot level. Thus we are focusing on impact assessment studies that are pivotal in the formulation and amendment of policies that are expected to improve rural peoples’ welfare.

Research Publications

  1. Elias, A., M. Nohmi, and K. Yasunobu (2017) Cost-Benefit Analysis of Cultivating Three Major Crops and Its Implication to Agricultural Extension Service: A Case Study in North-West Ethiopia. Jpn. J. Agric. Econ, 19: 31-36
  2. Elias, A., M. Nohmi, K. Yasunobu, and A. Ishida (2015) Farmers’ satisfaction with agricultural extension service and its influencing factors: a case study in North-West Ethiopia. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, 18 (1):39-53
  3. Heregeweyn, N., S. Tesfaye, A. Tsunekawa, M. Tsubo, D. T. Meshesha, E. Adgo and A. Elias (2015) Dynamics of land use and land cover and its effect on hydrologic responses: Case study of the Gilgel Tekeze catchment in the Highlands of Northern Ethiopia. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 187:4090
  4. Elias, A., M. Nohmi, K. Yasunobu, A. Ishida and A.D. Alene (2014) The effect of agricultural extension service on the technical efficiency of teff (Eragrostistef) producers in North Ethiopia. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 11: 223-239
  5. Elias, A., M. Nohmi, K. Yasunobu and A. Ishida (2013) Effect of agricultural extension program on small holders’ farm productivity: Evidence from three peasant associations in the highlands of Ethiopia. Journal of Agricultural Science, 5(8): 163-181
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