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dc.contributor.authorKabwe, Gillianen
dc.contributor.authorBigsby, Hugh R.en
dc.contributor.authorCullen, Rossen
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-27T03:17:50Z
dc.date.available2016-11-17en
dc.date.issued2016-11-17en
dc.date.submitted2016-10-25en
dc.identifier.citationKabwe, G., Bigsby, H., Cullen, R. (2016). Why is adoption of agroforestry stymied in Zambia? Perspectives from the ground-up. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 11(46), 4704-4717. doi: 10.5897/AJAR2016.10952en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/9287
dc.description.abstractSmall-scale farmers in Zambia are faced with problems of low crop productivity, scarcity of fuel wood and fodder, and subsequently are generally food insecure. Agroforestry can contribute to food and income security, amelioration of the environment and subsequently, to mitigation of climate change effects. However, despite all the potential of agroforestry technologies and the effort to promote them among smallholder farmers, their adoption and diffusion have remained low and so has their impact. Unless farmers adopt some of these technologies as part of their farming system, the potential benefits of agroforestry to food security, livelihoods and the environment will not be realized. This study investigated trialing and adoption levels of agroforestry in eastern Zambia where agroforestry has been researched and promoted for over two decades. A survey was completed of 388 small scale farmers. Data analysis shows that testing of improved fallows and biomass transfer, though low at 44.9 and 21.4% respectively, was higher than that of domestication of indigenous fruits (4.4%), Fodder banks (3.9%) and Woodlots (3.1%). The study however found that adoption rate of agroforestry among farmers that initially tested is high. Factors that affect adoption include lack of seed, limited land size, method of ploughing, lack of interest and access to extension services. Therefore we advocate for intensified promotion and encouragement support so that more farmers can trial these technologies. With high trialing rates, adoption of agroforestry is likely to increase. The key policy implication of this study is the necessity to embark on educating farmers so that they can trial and subsequently experience the impact of agroforestry technologies. Agroforestry will only make meaningful contribution to improving land productivity and farmer livelihoods if it is adopted.en
dc.format.extent4704-4717en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherAcademic Journalsen
dc.relationThe original publication is available from - Academic Journals - https://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR2016.10952en
dc.relation.urihttps://doi.org/10.5897/AJAR2016.10952en
dc.rightsCopyright ©2016en
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International*
dc.subjectadoptionen
dc.subjectagroforestryen
dc.subjectbiomass transferen
dc.subjectimproved tree fallowsen
dc.subjectlogistic regressionen
dc.subjectsmallholder farmersen
dc.subjectZambiaen
dc.titleWhy is adoption of agroforestry stymied in Zambia? Perspectives from the ground-upen
dc.typeJournal Article
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Agriculture and Life Sciencesen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Agribusiness and Commerceen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Financial and Business Systemsen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Global Value Chains and Tradeen
dc.identifier.doi10.5897/AJAR2016.10952en
dc.subject.anzsrc0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Managementen
dc.relation.isPartOfAfrican Journal of Agricultural Researchen
pubs.issue46en
pubs.notesArticle Number: F2E33CD61705en
pubs.organisational-group/LU
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Agriculture and Life Sciences
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce/FABS
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Faculty of Agribusiness and Commerce/GVCT
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office/QE18
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
pubs.volume11en
dc.identifier.eissn1991-637Xen
lu.identifier.orcid0000-0002-8832-2316


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