Factors affecting the choice of conservation agriculture practices adopted in smallholder cotton farmers in Zimbabwe

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dc.contributor.author Mavunganidze, Zira
dc.contributor.author Madakadze, I.C. (Ignacio Casper)
dc.contributor.author Mutenje, Munyaradzi Junior
dc.contributor.author Nyamangara, Justice
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-04T09:23:01Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-04T09:23:01Z
dc.date.issued 2013-05-09
dc.description.abstract Conservation agriculture (CA) has been widely promoted in Zimbabwe as an antidote to non-viable agricultural production and continual land degradation. However, the adoption process had been quite slow and has not yet entered into the exponential uptake phase. This study aimed at identifying factors that influence the level of adoption of CA components. A cluster analysis from results of a household survey administered to 146 households in Muzvezve II, Kadoma District, Zimbabwe identified five dominant CA strategies (clusters) practiced by cotton growing farmers. A multinomial logit model revealed that the choice of CA components adopted is positively influenced by farmer’s age, formal education, access to extension services, labour, animal draught power availability and land size. The empirical results suggests that, to promote adoption of a complete package of CA policies that increase access to formal education and extension of CA should make strategic intervention through innovative methods of farmer to farmer extension services. Promotion of longer-term and effective CA can only be accomplished through targeting young educated farmers. It is of paramount importance as well to address the main factors leading to non-adoption and slow adoption such as labour and animal draught power availability. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and International Foundation of Science (IFS), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), through Union Project in Zimbabwe. en_US
dc.description.uri http://www.academicjournals.org/AJAR en_US
dc.identifier.citation Mavunganidze, Z, Madakadze, IC, Mutenje, MJ & Nyamangara, J 2013, 'Factors affecting the choice of conservation agriculture practices adopted in smallholder cotton farmers in Zimbabwe', African Journal of Agricultural Research, vol. 8, no. 17, pp. 1641-1649. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1991-637X
dc.identifier.other 10.5897/AJAR12.2099
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/40546
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academic Journals en_US
dc.rights © 2013 Academic Journals en_US
dc.subject Cluster analysis en_US
dc.subject Household survey en_US
dc.subject Non adoption en_US
dc.subject Strategic intervention en_US
dc.subject Multinomial logit en_US
dc.title Factors affecting the choice of conservation agriculture practices adopted in smallholder cotton farmers in Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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