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    On Consumers' Attitudes and Willingness to Pay for Improved Drinking Water Quality and Infrastructure

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    Replaced with revised version of paper 07/23/09.willingness to pay, risk perceptions, water infrastructure, simultaneous equation model, Environmental Economics and Policy,

    Viability of Organic Production in Rural Counties: County and State-Level Evidence from the United States

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    We investigate the determinants of organic farming in the United States. State-level data show that the organic farming sector has grown over the last decade, but growth has been very heterogeneous with few states accounting for most of the growth. Further analyses of county data reveal that favorable natural amenities, water for irrigation, and government payments have a positive effect on most measures of organic farming used here. Results further point out that organic farming operations are more popular among young farmers. Adjacency to metro areas is also an important determinant for the number of organic operations. Organic farming is more important for the agricultural sector of the areas that are somewhat remote but that does not appear to be the case for very remote rural areas

    Gender Impacts on Adoption of New Technologies: Evidence from Uganda

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    This paper examines the effects of gender on the adoption of new technologies of peanut production in Eastern Uganda. The findings suggest that females adopt improved varieties at a lower rate compared to males. In addition, females in female-headed households are less likely to adopt

    Gender impacts on adoption of new technologies: the case of improved groundnut varieties in Uganda

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    Peanuts are a key crop in Uganda and are grown by both male and female farmers, although there is a strong inclination for resource-use decisions to be performed by specific genders. This paper identifies opportunities and participation by women and men in the decision to adopt improved peanut varieties in Uganda using a unique dataset from 20 leading peanut-growing districts in the country. The results indicate that there are gender differences in adopting improved varieties of peanuts. In addition, women in female-headed households are less likely to adopt improved varieties compared to women and men in male-headed households, suggesting that they may have less access to resources than women in male-headed households. The gender of the household head has implications for the adoption of improved technologies by women. Moreover, this imbalance in resource access and income-improving decision-making ability by women may have implications for the adoption of other technologies that could improve household welfare