Uptake of Conservation Agriculture Technology through Farmer Field Schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique
AbstractIn Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), uptake of sustainable practices such as conservation agriculture (CA) is undesirable and many studies on CA focus on a single context, and yet comprehensive approaches are demanded in the region. The study assessed the levels of usage of CA technologies in Kisangani, DR Congo and Angonia, Mozambique. Structured questionnaires were administered to 192 (384 collectively) in each study site to collect data through a multistage sampling process. Statistical analyses were used to examine possible relationships among the study parameters. The study adopted the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology theoretical framework to investigate how socioeconomic factors influence the uptake of CA as well as the Multinomial Logistic Regression model to predict the influence of farmers’ adoption. The results showed that land size used for CA was a significant predictor in both study sites. The results also showed that farmers’ intention to adopt depended on the services of vulgarisation of the technologies. The results further showed that Kisangani farmers do not use the three CA technologies at the same time, but they use crop rotation (54%). However, farmers use the three technologies (30%) simultaneously and soil cover (38%) in Angonia. For Kisangani policy makers, the results suggest that the effort to promote adoption should be based on an equal provision of extension services in all locations and the current farmer field schools (FFS) approach should be redesigned for their contextualization. For both sites, the results imply that the use of FFS should be adapted and use of farmer to farmer extension service, which can enhance the upscaling of CA to increase food security sustainably.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
JAE supports free online communication and exchange of knowledge as the most effective way of ensuring that the fruits of research and development practice are made widely available. It is therefore committed to open access, which, for authors, enables the widest possible dissemination of their findings and, for readers, increases their ability to discover pertinent information. The Journal adopts and uses the CC BY-NC-ND license. Under this license users are permitted to: Copy and distribute the article (non-commercially); you can’t change or alter the article in anyway; Users are not allowed to data mine the article.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).