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University of KwaZulu-Natal (2018)

Selection and implementation of Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies : performance and willingness for adoption

Mazibuko, Ntokozo Lucas

Titre : Selection and implementation of Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies : performance and willingness for adoption

Auteur : Mazibuko, Ntokozo Lucas

Université de soutenance : University of KwaZulu-Natal

Grade : Master of Agriculture In Food Security 2018

Résumé partiel
The role of subsistence and smallholder agriculture on peoples’ livelihoods in the majority of rural African households is directly related to household food security. Subsistence and smallholder farming provides food at household level, it also acts as part of an income generating mix of strategies enabling households to purchase and exchange products at cheaper prices compared to formal markets prices. However, their vulnerability to climate related issues place a large burden upon their production, creating food shortfalls and insecurity for households. Integration of Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies (CSATs) with local indigenous knowledge may be critical towards improving rural farmers’ food production for food and nutrition security. A mixed method approach was employed in conducting the study. In this method qualitative, quantitative and field trial research methods were employed. The study selected and implemented four appropriate CSATs namely, In-field Rainwater Harvesting (IRWH), Mechanized Basin (MB), Minimum Tillage (MT) an Conventional Tillage (CT) in two homestead plots (MaNxusa and Musa) and one school garden (Inyaninga Primary School) in KwaSwayimane, KwaZulu-Natal. These technologies were selected based on biophysical properties, climatic conditions and institutional arrangements that exist in selected study area. Maize crop was considered as a test crop across the treatments in two sites, plot one and plot two (MaNxusa and Musa) respectively, while beans, spinach and cabbage were planted in plot three for dietary requirements at start up level of the food value chain. The results in plot one showed that IRWH and MB outperformed MT and CT. These results revealed that IRWH and MB collected and stored more water in the soil to support plant growth and production since it captures water from runoff area and stores it in the basins, which was not the case for CT and MT.

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