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University of Alberta (2001)

Analysis of soil and water conservation techniques in Zimbabwe : A duration analysis

Dzuda, Lorraine Nyaradzo

Titre : Analysis of soil and water conservation techniques in Zimbabwe : A duration analysis

Auteur : Dzuda, Lorraine Nyaradzo

Université de soutenance : University of Alberta

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2001

Résumé
This study investigates factors explaining the divergences in the amounts of time taken by farmers to adopt Soil and Water Conservation Technologies (SWC) in Zimbabwe. Previous studies suggest that informational problems limit the farmer’s ability to correctly anticipate the long-term productivity consequences of current land use practices and that farmers possibly undergo stages of learning and updating their knowledge of the distributions of the benefits and costs of SWC. Several factors that potentially influence the time taken to adopt SWC technologies were identified and included in a duration model. The results suggest that the longer a household has gone without adopting any SWC technology, the more likely they are to adopt in the following year. The results also suggest that adoption is more likely in the first five years of the management life of the farmer. The distributions of the times taken to adopt individual SWC technologies differ considerably

Mots clés : Farm management, Water conservation, Environmental science, Soil conservation, Studies, Health and environmental sciences Agricultural economics, Social sciences

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