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University for Development Studie UDS (Ghana) 2017

ADOPTION OF ECOSYSTEM-FRIENDLY FARMING PRACTICES AMONG RAIN-FED AND IRRIGATED SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN NORTHERN REGION

Iddrisu, M. S.

Titre : ADOPTION OF ECOSYSTEM-FRIENDLY FARMING PRACTICES AMONG RAIN-FED AND IRRIGATED SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN NORTHERN REGION

Auteur : Iddrisu, M. S.

Université de soutenance : University for Development Studie UDS (Ghana)

Grade : MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY IN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS 2017

Résumé
Environmentally friendly farming technologies play key roles in ensuring food safety and security, human health and in restoring and conserving the environment to safeguard the well-being of humans and animals. Therefore, future food security and economic independence of developing countries like Ghana would depend on ecosystems sustainability and agricultural productivity. This study explored the importance of farming practices on ecosystems sustainability for improved rural livelihoods. Specifically, the study was conducted to determine the factors influencing adoption of ecosystem-friendly farming practices (EFFPs) in the area. It was conducted in three districts (Kumbungu, Savelugu-Nanton and Tolon) in the Northern Region of Ghana. In all, 300 farmers participated in the study. Data were analysed both descriptively and appropriate econometric models. The study results revealed that farmers understand the importance of ecosystem-friendly farming practices, the adoptions of which are significantly influenced by social, economic, institutional, and ecological factors. Also, gender, household size, membership to Farmer-based Organizations/social groups, and extension contact negatively affects farmer’s WTA decision, while the age, educational level, and cost of production positively affect farmers’ willingness to accept payment before adopting EFFPs. It is concluded that farmer sensitization and capacity building through effective extension contact and service delivery especially on environmental conservation and climate smart agriculture practices can speed up the adoption of EFFPs. The development of strategies such as tradable pollution permits that offer farmers a market-based incentive to adopt EFFPs is recommended.

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