Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 359

Full Length Research Paper

Factors contributing to continued dependence on family food and income among graduate farmers of School of Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI)

Goodwell Ndiwo Banda
  • Goodwell Ndiwo Banda
  • School of Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI), P. O. Box 146 Lumbadzi, Lilongwe, Malawi.
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Jabulani Nyengere
  • Jabulani Nyengere
  • School of Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI), P. O. Box 146 Lumbadzi, Lilongwe, Malawi.
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Dennis Chinkhata
  • Dennis Chinkhata
  • School of Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI), P. O. Box 146 Lumbadzi, Lilongwe, Malawi.
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  •  Received: 25 April 2017
  •  Accepted: 19 July 2017
  •  Published: 30 September 2017

Abstract

The main focus of this study was to investigate factors that contribute to continued dependence on family food and income among graduate farmers of School of Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI) in Malawi. The study used two step sampling approach where purposive sampling was used in the first place to select SAFI graduates and secondly, systematic sampling was used to select 35 SAFI graduate farmer families for direct interviews using a semi structured questionnaire. Results of the study showed that factors responsible for reduced crop production were directly correlated to increased dependence of the graduate farmers on the institution. The findings highlighted that inputs from SAFI, primary education, increase in years after graduating from SAFI, and extension services from SAFI were the main factors responsible for increased dependence on family food and income among SAFI graduates. The study recommended that SAFI graduates be affiliated with government agriculture extension workers, and field workers of other available service providers (partners) in their communities to keep the farmers refreshed on modern methods of farming and monitor implementation of modern technologies. In addition, SAFI should introduce age limit and minimum entrance academic qualifications in order to train the right caliber of farmers who are likely to increase agricultural productivity and eliminate dependence on food and family income.

Key words: School of Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI) graduates, dependence, crop production, primary education.