Impact of Use of Chemical Fertiliser on Farm Households’ Risk Behaviour and Food Security in Ethiopia
The paper explored the impact of chemical fertiliser on smallholder farmers’ risk behaviour and food security. The findings show that the severity of food security is lower for farmers who adopted chemical fertiliser (15%) than those who didn’t adopt (27%). Risk taking behaviour is predominantly associated with farmers who adopt chemical fertiliser. The number of food secure farmers was higher for risk taker farmers (54%) than that of risk averse farmers (46%). Use of chemical fertiliser significantly affected both farmers’ risk behaviour and food security. Risk-averse farmers are less likely to adopt chemical fertiliser technology. There is need to improve farmers awareness through demonstration, teaching and public discussion.
Keywords: Chemical Fertilizer, Risk Behaviour, Food Security, Northern Ethiopia