MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM KADAFUR 1, YUSUF LAWAN IDRISA 2, ALFA YAYA KAMARA 1 AND OYAKHILOMEN OYINBO 3*
This paper examined the determinants of adoption intensity of improved maize varieties (IMVs) in northern Guinea Savanna of Borno State using primary data. Tobit regression model was employed in the data analysis. Findings from this paper revealed that awareness and adoption of IMVs was high in the study area with some variation in the types of IMVs adopted. The key drivers of adoption intensity were the human capital (gender, age, education, household size) and natural capital (land holding) endowments of the farmers. Also, access to services such as extension influenced the intensity of IMVs adoption. Arising from the findings, it is recommended that policy measures that can ensure farmers access to productive resouces especially more arable land for cultivation of maize and also, access to more extension services has the potential of raising the intensity of adoption of IMVs in the study area.
Keywords: Intensity, adoption, improved maize, extension.