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Michigan State University (2004)

FACTORS AFFECTING SMALLHOLDER FARMERS’ ADOPTION OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION PRACTICES IN ZAMBIA

Chomba, Geoffrey

Titre : FACTORS AFFECTING SMALLHOLDER FARMERS’ ADOPTION OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION PRACTICES IN ZAMBIA

Auteur : Chomba, Geoffrey

Université de soutenance : Michigan State University (MSU)

Grade : Master of Science 2004

Résumé
Land and water for agriculture are scarce natural resources hence the promotion of good land management has taken center stage in Zambia. This study attempts to measure the factors that could be associated with the adoption of conservation farming practices considering that farmers have multiple practices to choose from and may adopt a given technology package in pieces. Based on a 1999/2000 national representative sample, the study suggests that farmers may be using intercropping to manage risk in low rainfall areas whereas pot holing does not yet appear to be considered as a risk reduction option. The thrust of this study is that policy makers should strive to build human capital, while at the same time retain skilled farmers through reduced adult mortalities. Provision of extension services should concentrate in areas with relevant physiographical factors while infrastructure should be improved to minimize costs of delivering extension services and agricultural inputs.

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