The Role of Education in Enhancing Agricultural Productivity: The Case of Teff Production in Selected Villages of Ethiopia

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Both formal and non-formal have been shown to provide benefit by increasing agricultural production. Data drawn from a large household survey conducted ill1994 were used to estimate benefits of schooling ill cereals production, particularly in tiff production. This paper investigates the role of education in estimating agricultural production. We find that education (both formal and non- formal) are important to increase productivity of farmers by enhancing the capacity to acquire knowledge about the production process from other sources, should raise the individual producer's surface of production possibilities. However, the impact of both formal and non- formal education is stronger in rural areas where access of road is higher than areas where those accesses are poor. In addition to that, a threshold effect is identified: Some schooling (or at least 3 years of primary schooling) is required to have a significant effect upon farm productivity on traditional environment (areas where access to road and market facilities are poor) But the higher the access to those facilities, the larger level of education required obtaining an impact on productivity.



Agricultural Productivity, Education in enhancing, Productivity