New Article: Maize seed choice and perceptions of climate variability among smallholder farmers

This article, co-authored with Shahzeen Attari (IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs), Jordan Blekking and Tom Evans (IU Geography), explores how perceptions and biases, as well as choice overload, affect farmers’ seed selection in Zambia. The paper offers an explanation for why policies and investments designed to increase crop yields through hybrid seeds in Africa have had mixed results. Seed market liberalization and poorly implemented subsidy programs have led to confusion among farmers about what the best seed choices are. Successful crop breeding does not necessarily translate into adoption, effective use, and improved food security without successful information transfer to farmers.