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: 462

JAERD Articles

Adoption of German International Corporation (GIZ) technology intervention on shea nut processing in Niger State, Nigeria

November 2022

This study assessed the activities GIZ technology intervention on Shea nut processing in Niger State, Nigeria. The objectives were to identify the available improved shea nut processing technologies and the level of adoption of the improved GIZ shea nut processing technologies in the study area. A two-stage sampling technique was adopted for the study. Data were collected through interview schedule and analysed using...

Author(s): Koloche I. M., Solomon S., Adaigbe V. C., Yahaya S. A., Odufale O. O. and Garba M. H.  

Substantial factors influencing the performance of rice farmers in Mbeya Region, Tanzania

October 2022

Crops production subsector depends on various factors including natural factors as well as non-natural factors. Meanwhile, in vast areas of Tanzania including the Mbeya Region, rice farmers struggle to make their living through rice farming regardless of various challenges with which the subsector is crumbled. This study aimed at assessing the factors influencing the performance of rice farming in the Mbeya Region of...

Author(s): Kulyakwave Peter David, Xu Shiwei and Wen Yu  

Exploring the impact of agricultural policies on the documentation and sharing of indigenous knowledge in sub-Saharan Africa

October 2022

The study sought to explore the extent to which agricultural policies in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) countries incorporate Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and its impact on the efforts to document and share agricultural IK through communication efforts. A qualitative content analysis of policy documents from seven SSA countries and eight key informant interviews with knowledge management officers from the seven countries was...

Author(s): Fallys Masambuka-Kanchewa, Alexa Lamm and Shuyang Qu  

Predicting the adoption of multiple climate-smart agriculture technologies in Tambacounda and Kolda, Senegal

October 2022

Uptake of farming technologies by smallholder farmers is necessary to speed up the transition to climate-smart agriculture so as to address the potential impacts of climate change on agricultural production, food security, and reduction of greenhouse gas emission. Using survey data from 341 households, this study analyzes the factors that determine the probability and level of adoption of multiple climate-smart...

Author(s): Beckie Nantongo, Joseph Ssekandi, Ablaye Ngom, Birane Dieng, Ndongo Diouf, Jules Diouf and Kandioura Noba  

Use of climate-smart agriculture practices and smallholder farmer market participation in Central Malawi

September 2022

In the past few decades, climate-smart agriculture (CSA) has been promoted to improve food security and raise incomes as a strategy for sustainable agricultural development. The adoption rates among smallholder farmers, particularly in Africa, remain low and have varied in different contexts. This study investigated the market participation spillover effects from the adoption of CSA practices in central Malawi using the...

Author(s): Mirriam Matita, Ephraim Wadonda Chirwa, David Eddings Zingwe and Jacob Mazalale

Effect of replacing freshwater shrimp meal (Caridina nilotica) protein with a mixture of plant protein on growth, apparent digestibility, and economic returns of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.)

September 2022

This study investigated the effects of substituting varying levels of a plant protein mixture (PPM) with freshwater shrimp meal (FSM) on growth, digestibility, and economic returns of Nile tilapia. Monosex male Oreochromis niloticus fingerlings (initial body weight, 28 ±0.01 g) were cultured in cages installed in an earthen pond and tanks for 180 and 60 days, respectively. The PPM comprised 50% soybean meal, 25%...

Author(s): Anne Maundu, Jonathan Munguti, Joshua Mutiso, Nasser kasozi, David Liti and Rekha Sharma

Alternative agricultural extension functionaries in India: Substantive role of (ICTs) - study of e-Choupal

September 2022

Agricultural extension is now backing on the development agenda. The acknowledged failure of the traditional extension model in India has stimulated debate on extension reforms and the introduction of new extension models. Further, Indian agriculture has recorded an alarming ‘knowledge gap’ where ‘knowledge’ became central to agricultural production. The role of extension functionaries today is...

Author(s): Naveen Kumar Cherupelly

Impact of the agricultural advisory service on the productivity of maize and cotton in the cotton-growing zone of North Benin

July 2022

Agricultural advisory services play a key role in disseminating agricultural information and technology to farmers. This study aims to assess the impact of agricultural advisory on improving agricultural productivity in Benin. The study uses cross-sectional data collected from randomly selected maize and cotton farmers located in the cotton basin of northern Benin.  A total of 809 cotton and maize farmers (with...

Author(s): Régina Dossi Clarisse BONOU-ZIN, Léonard Cossi HINNOU, Alfred Oluwatogni AYEDOUN and Esdras Abréwa Rêmilokoun OBOSSOU  

An overview of agricultural extension in Ghana and Burkina Faso and implications for sustainable agriculture in West Africa

July 2022

Agricultural extension is the medium through which external agricultural technologies have been transferred to and transplanted in Africa to improve agricultural performance. Over a period of close to a century, different agricultural extension models have been proposed but their structure and content has virtually been the same: top-down, linear, non-participatory transfer of technology with no feedback loops for...

Author(s): Niagia Santuah, Joseph Abazaami, Katharine Kaunza-nu-dem Millar and Joseph Amikuzuno    

The nexus between the interaction among Cowpea actors and its market shares in Uganda. A case of Oyam District

July 2022

With the increased use of technology in agriculture, new improved farming and varieties of seeds have been adopted. The study explored how the interaction among the actors helped in sharing vital information on market shares of improved cowpea and relative to improved beans. A cross-sectional research design was used, while quantitative and qualitative approaches were adopted. The respondents were purposively selected...

Author(s): Tobby Akecha, Prossy Isubikalu, Losira. N. Sanya, Naris Mubangizi, Jacob Agea G, and Marus Eton  

Time is not always money: A preliminary study on socially sustainable strategies for banana xanthomonas wilt (BXW) mitigation efforts in Mbarara region, Uganda

June 2022

Following the Ugandan government’s announcement in 2016 that banana xanthomonas wilt (BXW) disease was under control, national-level anti-BXW support dwindled to the point of leaving farmers effectively on their own to continue controlling it. This qualitative case study utilizes data from group and individual interviews, as well as observational walkthroughs of plantations, in one of the previously hardest-hit...

Author(s): Julia Bello-Bravo, Frederick Muyodi, Rosemary Nalwanga, Caroline Maria Nakafeero and Frolence Rubagumisa Rutechura

Training needs assessment of smallholder farmers in rice post-harvest value addition technologies in the Southern Region of Sierra Leone

June 2022

Training needs assessment study was conducted on rice post-harvest value addition technologies. The study was done in the Southern Region of Sierra Leone to assess the competence of smallholder farmers in rice post-harvest value addition. As a quantitative research method, a descriptive research design, which called for a survey by randomly and proportionately selecting 400 smallholder farmers across the four districts...

Author(s): Philip Jimia Kamanda, Ernest Laryea Okorley and Masa Veronica Motaung,

Marketing of dairy goat products in Kenya: A survey of the dairy products in selected supermarkets in Nyeri, Meru and Kiambu counties

May 2022

Dairy goat farming is a significant source of income, particularly for low-income families. However, 75% of the dairy goat products business is still unorganized in Kenya, making its marketing difficult. This study surveyed dairy products in selected supermarkets in Nyeri, Meru and Kiambu counties. The purpose was to identify the types of dairy products sold in supermarkets, the sales preferences, reasons for stocking...

Author(s): Eucabeth Majiwa, Geoffrey Otieno and Caroline Ngugi

Consumer research in Papua New Guinea: Exploring preferences and purchasing behaviours for staple foods in an urban market

May 2022

The supermarket expansion throughout emerging economies has caused dramatic shifts in fresh produce markets, impacting consumers and smallholders. As supermarkets begin to compete with open markets in the sale of fresh produce, new market opportunities emerge for smallholders, and new purchasing behaviours emerge for consumers. This research explores how the expansion of large-scale supermarkets is impacting the sale of...

Author(s): Kirt Hainzer, Catherine O’Mullan, Philip Hugh Brown and Raywin Ovah  

Farmer field school extension approach: A knowledge booster in Calabar Agricultural Zone, Cross River State, Nigeria

May 2022

The aim of this research was to evaluate Farmer Field School’s (FFS) capacity to boost the knowledge of farmers in Calabar Agricultural Zone, Cross River State, Nigeria. Specifically, the research aimed to describe the socio-economic characteristics of respondents; assess the effectiveness of FFS on training farmers, improving their knowledge and utilization of new technologies; and ascertain constraints faced by...

Author(s): Ayi, N. A.  

Communication strategies employed by the Barangay health workers in promoting reproductive health in Magsaysay, occidental Mindoro

April 2022

The descriptive research aims to identify the communication strategies employed in promoting topics on Reproductive Health and the communication problems encountered in promoting Reproductive Health information. The study was conducted in selected Barangays in Magsaysay, Occidental Mindoro. This study employed descriptive research method. The sample size was determined by the epinfoTM software with 80% confidence level....

Author(s): Mary Yole Apple Declaro-Ruedas  

Effects of stakeholder interaction in REDD+ implementation: The case of two forest districts in Ghana

March 2022

The study adopted a qualitative approach and relied enormously on primary data obtained through interviews and focus group discussions to assess the type of interaction and its effects in the implementation of the REDD+ initiative in two forest districts in Ghana. The country’s involvement in REDD+ began in 2008 and received approval in 2010. Many partners from civil society, private sector, government,...

Author(s): Gladys Nkrumah and Kwame Ameyaw Domfeh

Does access to credit influence the adoption of good agricultural practices? The case of smallholder potato farmers in Molo Sub-County, Kenya

February 2022

Potato (Solanum tuberosum L) is the major food and cash crop for many rural and semi-urban people in Kenya. It contributes to the national food security, nutrition, and income generation for those who are involved in its value chain. Despite its importance, smallholder potato farmers in Molo sub-county are still recording low potato yields which could partly be attributed to the low adoption of Good Agricultural...

Author(s): Uwamariya Masca, Kyule N. Mirriam and Eric K. Bor  

Economic empowerment of rural women: Assessing the effectiveness of the rural enterprise program (REP) in Ghana, West Africa

February 2022

This survey study examines the effectiveness of a Rural Enterprise Programme (REP) in improving the livelihood of rural women in Ghana, using ex-anti and ex-post income determinants of the programme. Some 217 beneficiary women drawn from farm-based, agro-processing, traditional craft, agro industrial and petty trading economic sub-sectors selected to participate in the survey using snow-ball sampling method. Using...

Author(s): Gloria Demedeme and Charles Boateng Opoku  

The use of local knowledge in agricultural extension: A systematic review of the literature

January 2022

Smallholder farms are complex systems, constantly adapting to context and rely on local, place-based knowledges. The vital role of local knowledge in smallholder farming systems has seen attempts throughout low- and middle-income countries to entwine local knowledge with scientific knowledge to improve outcomes from agricultural extension. Using a systematic review and exploratory meta-synthesis of selected literature,...

Author(s): Kirt Hainzer, Catherine O’Mullan and Philip Hugh Brown

Shaping interaction among improved cowpea’s farming: Do Institutions have a role to play? A case of Oyam district in Uganda

December 2021

This paper examines the roles played by institutions in shaping the interactions among improved cowpea farmers in Oyam district. A cross sectional research design and qualitative approach was used. Focus Group discussions were held and members were purposely selected. The study found out that the cowpea farmers normally provide and share farm saved seeds preserved from the previous harvest with fellow farmers while...

Author(s): Tobby Akecha, Prossy Isubikalu, Losira N. Sanya, Narisi Mubangizi, Jacob Agea G, and Marus Eton  

Agripreneurship development among small scale farmers In Anambra State, Nigeria

December 2021

The continuing decline in the price of the crude oil in the international market is a pointer to the fact that oil sector can no longer guarantee economic viability and sustainability in any nation. In Nigeria, this realization has led to increased urgency of the need to revitalize the agricultural sector, possibly return to its glorious days in the immediate post- independence. To drive the process, scholars argue for...

Author(s): Nwankwo Eucharia Chijindu, Chiekezie Njideka Rita and Offiah, Ebere Obianuju  

Effect of adoption of improved cassava variety tme 419 on farmers’ livelihood in Ekiti State, Nigeria

December 2021

The study examined the effect of adoption of improved cassava variety TME 419 on farmers’ livelihood in Ekiti State. Specifically it examined the effect of adoption of TME 419 variety on farmers’ cassava output, income and livelihood activities. A multistage random sampling technique was used to select 192 respondents for the study from Agriculture Development Project Extension Zones in Ondo State....

Author(s): K. P. Owoseni, O. Okunlola and B. Akinwalere  

For whom will the crop be promoted? A search for gender equity along the grain-legume value chains in Uganda

November 2021

There is growing interest in gender analysis and value chain analysis as tools for ensuring equitable participation in agricultural commodity markets. This study examined the gender factors that influence the patterns and levels of participation by women and men in grain value chains in Uganda. Data were collected from six districts in three regions of Uganda using qualitative gender tools. Findings show that marked...

Author(s): Okiror J. J., Twanza B., Orum B., Ebanyat P., Kule E. B., Tegbaru A. and Ayesiga C.  

Extension support for cassava (Manihot esculenta) production and processing in Nigeria: Effects on farm practice adoption

October 2021

Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is an important regional food source, providing food and income to over 30 million farmers, processors, and traders in Nigeria. Extension programs support awareness and interest in new technologies; they facilitate the adoption and adaptation of new approaches to crop production, post-harvest processing, and marketing. Extension can be understood as an intermediary or catalyst in the...

Author(s): Oluchi L. Otubo and Joseph J. Molnar  

Factors influencing smallholder farmers to participate in farmer-led research of agro-ecological practices in selected areas, Tanzania

October 2021

Declining crop productivity is a great challenge facing smallholder farmers in Tanzania. Agro-ecological practices can improve crop productivity in a sustainable way and produce healthy food among smallholder farmers. Initiation of “Farmer-Led Research of Agro-Ecological Practices” (FLRAG) may enhance farmers’ capacities for innovation and co-develop suitable agro-ecological practices. This study aimed...

Author(s): Luambano Kihoma, Ayubu J. Churi, Camilius A. Sanga and Eugenio Tisselli  

Extrapolating technology from research plots to commercial scale and challenges involved: Case study of plantain macro-propagation technique

October 2021

Commercialization of research technologies and innovations by research institutes is being intensified due to declining government funding for research and dwindling donor inflows. Lack of quality planting materials continues to be a major challenge in the production of plantains. CSIR-Crops Research Institute signed a three-year contract with a private company to supply quality plantain plantlets using the...

Author(s): Adjei A. E., Tetteh E. N., Darkey S., Dzomeku B. M., Mintah P. and Anti M.

Responses of smallholder farmers on sorghum production preferences and constraints in the Upper East Region of Ghana

September 2021

In spite of several strategies implemented to improve sorghum production in Ghana, average grain yield in farmers’ fields remains low and far below the estimated potential. The development of effective strategies requires continuous, in-depth understanding of production constraints as well as farmer preferences for crop traits. To this end, a participatory rural appraisal using focus group discussions, interviews...

Author(s): Elaine Azu, Wilfred Elegba, Abigail Tweneboah Asare, Precious Kwaku Blege,  Harry Mensah Amoatey and Eric Yirenkyi Danquah

Influence of seasonal fodder scarcity on milk production among smallholder dairy farms in the north rift region of Kenya

September 2021

This study assessed the extent of seasonal fodder scarcity influence on milk production in smallholder farms (n=130) in the north rift region of Kenya. A cross-sectional survey to obtain primary data was conducted through face-to-face interviews using a structured questionnaire. Data processing was done in excel, thereafter, data was analyzed in Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS version 21). Results...

Author(s): Beatrice Chepkoech Tuei, Christopher Assa Onyango, Evelyne Chesomek Kiptot, Sammy Carsan and Bockline Omedo Bebe

Effectiveness and limitations of the recently adopted acaricide application methods in tick control on dairy farms in South-Western Uganda

August 2021

In Uganda, control of ticks and tick-borne diseases (TTBDs) largely depends on the use of chemicals applied using different methods. This cross-sectional study assessed 17 factors to determine the effectiveness and limitations in the use of the recently adopted acaricide application methods on dairy cattle farms in south-western Uganda. The average annual morbidity and mortality due to tick-borne diseases were 42.6 and...

Author(s): Irene Mbatidde, Andrew Wange Bugenyi, Jemimmah Natuhwera, Gershom Tugume and Halid Kirunda

Farming methods and the livelihood outcomes of women in Eastern Uganda

August 2021

Farming methods are closely linked to the livelihood outcomes of women. The techniques of farming and the manner in which they are applied affects realization of livelihood outcomes. Even though rural women aim at attaining positive outcomes, their efforts are jeopardized by poor farming practices. This situation is exacerbated by gender disparities in knowledge and skills, inadequate access to productive resources and...

Author(s): Flavia Amayo, Irene L. Akidi⊃, Robert Senath Esuruku, Phyllis Brenda Kaptui

Effect of bioslurry effluent on growth, biological yield and nutritional content of Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris L.)

August 2021

Swiss chard is amongst the widely cultivated green leafy vegetables that play a significant role in alleviation of food insecurity and malnutrition in South Africa. Greenhouse experiments were conducted to evaluate the effect of Bioslurry effluent on growth, biological yield and nutrient content of Swiss chard. Two cultivars of Swiss chard (Fordhook giant and Star 1801) were planted in 10 plots of 4.5 m² using sand...

Author(s): Azile Dumani, Tembakazi T. Silwana, Babalwa Mpambani, Retief P. Celliers and Mongezi M. Mbangcolo

On-farm evaluation and pre-scaling up of improved finger millet technologies under rainfed condition in Western Oromia, Ethiopia: A case of East Wollega Zone, Ethiopia

July 2021

The average yield of finger millet is low in Ethiopia, specifically in Western Oromia due to different production constraints such as limited availability of improved varieties, lack of formal seed delivery system, and limited adoption of the available technologies. To this, BARC in collaboration with AGP-II conducted the pre-scale up and popularized full packaged improved finger millet varieties in cluster...

Author(s): Hailu Feyis Tasisa, Chemada Brihanu Chela, Dagnachew Lule and Kebede Dessalegn Lemu

Evaluation of tillage practices on selected soil chemical properties, maize yield and net return in O. R. Tambo District, South Africa

July 2021

The costs of maize production per ha in the Eastern Cape Province are escalating due to an increase in mechanization and input costs. Conservation agriculture (CA) has been identified as one of the systems that can reduce costs of production and improve maize productivity. Most famers in the district still require tangible evidence on the benefits and impacts of minimal soil disturbance. Hence it was necessary to...

Author(s): Mxolisi Mtyobile, Simphiwo Mhlontlo

Effectiveness of bylaws in supporting sustainable crop intensification: A case of potato farming in Southwestern Uganda

June 2021

The study assessed the effectiveness of formal and informal bylaws in supporting sustainable crop intensification in potato farming regions of Southwestern Uganda. An exploratory case-study descriptive design was adopted, involving both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The study relied on data from the review of the existing formal and informal bylaws on sustainable crop intensification, key informant...

Author(s): Makuma-Massa Henry, Paul Kibwika, Paul Nampala, Victor Manyong and Mastewal Yami  

Do agricultural research and rural extension organizations satisfy households’ agricultural demands? Evidence from maize growers in Sussundenga district, Mozambique

June 2021

This paper compares the supply and demand of agricultural technologies related to maize crop in Sussundenga district, Mozambique. The field work was carried out in February and March 2018 and comprises of a survey of 140 households’ maize growers, interviews with 15 agricultural technicians and six focus group meetings (four with maize growers and two with agricultural technicians). Data analysis was done using...

Author(s): Sérgio Feliciano Come, José Ambrósio Ferreira Neto, Eunice Paula Armando Cavane  

Women’s empowerment: A gender outcome of an improved agriculture health and nutrition project in Zambia and Malawi

June 2021

HIV Aids has had a major impact on resource-limited African rural Sub-Saharan communities, especially upon women who typically experience greater gender inequity, have fewer assets and greater food insecurity and vulnerability. Coordinated interventions in crop productivity, nutrition, AIDS treatment, and livelihood security can have significant positive impacts on individuals and households; however their impact upon...

Author(s): Amare Tegbaru, John G. Fitzsimons, and Therese Gondwe  

Socioeconomic and demographic predictors for adoption of new sugarcane varieties in Nandi County, Kenya

June 2021

Despite there being high demand for sugarcane products globally, low yielding varieties in Kenya persist. A study was conducted in Nandi, Kenya to assess age, level of education, gender, level of awareness, price of produce and cost of changing to new varieties, perception of risks, planting materials and scale of farm operations as predictors of adoption for new sugarcane varieties. Purposive and multistage sampling...

Author(s): Joseph Kipkorir Cheruiyot  

Factors influencing adoption of improved maize seed varieties among smallholder farmers in Kaduna State, Nigeria

June 2021

This study ascertained factors influencing adoption of improved maize seed varieties in three local government areas of Kaduna State, North-central Nigeria. It collected cross-sectional data for a sample of 180 randomly selected farming households across three local government areas of the State in 2015/16. Both descriptive and inferential analyses were performed on the data. The descriptive statistics differentiated...

Author(s): Oluwatoyin Bukola Chete  

On the Challenges Faced by Female Members of Agricultural Cooperatives in Southeast Nigeria

May 2021

This study uses structural equation modelling (SEM) and path diagram techniques to examine challenges faced by women in the agricultural sector cooperatives in Southeast Nigeria. The data are from a cross-section survey of randomly selected women cooperative members. Results suggest that women with poor economic status are less likely to have access to improved technology, labour, off-farm employment, and improved...

Author(s): Chukwujekwu A. Obianefo, Ogonna O. Osuafor and John N. Ng’ombe

Farmer preference for selected finger millet (Eleusine coracana) varieties in Rift Valley, Kenya

March 2021

Lack of awareness and information on the traits of orphan crops such as finger millet is a major constraint to finger millet production. Farmer participatory and varietal selection (FVPS) is an efficient method of achieving productivity through enhancing adoption of improved high yielding varieties. A study was conducted in two major growing areas in central Rift Valley, Agri-ecological zone III (ATC-Nakuru and Bomet),...

Author(s): J. M. Tracyline, P. K. Kimurto, J. J. Mafurah, N. W. Mungai and H. Ojulong  

Role of agricultural cooperatives in rural development in the era of liberalization in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon

February 2021

The focus of this research was to identify the role played by agricultural cooperatives in rural development in the era of liberalization in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon. Primary sources were used for data collection. Questionnaires were administered to 329 respondents from 52 agricultural cooperatives in 40 villages with a response rate of 78.7% in the North West Region and 21.3% in the South West...

Author(s): Budi Fredrick Tumenta, Fonteh Athanasius Amungwa and Manu Ibrahim Nformi  

Factors influencing credit access among small-scale poultry farmers in the Sunyani West District of the Bono region, Ghana

February 2021

The study assessed the factors influencing credit access among small-scale poultry farmers in the Sunyani West District. In the sampling process, multi-stage sampling procedure was utilized. Data was analyzed descriptively and inferentially. The study showed that small-scale poultry farmers in the Sunyani West District accessed credit facilities mainly from informal sources such as relatives, friends, traders,...

Author(s): Samuel Afotey Anang and Asana Awudu Kabore  

Women participation in fish processing and packaging in rural communities of Delta State, Nigeria

February 2021

The study investigated women participation in fish processing and packaging in Delta State, Nigeria. Multi stage sampling procedure was used in the selection of 180 respondents for the study. Data for the study was collected using structured questionnaire, focus group discussion and participatory observation. Data collected were analyzed using simple descriptive statistics, mean scores and inferential statistics. The...

Author(s): Anyim C. O., Odoemelam L. E. and Okorie N. U.  

Impact of Fadama III additional financing (AF) on the yield and income of beneficiaries in some selected lgas of Sokoto state, Nigeria

February 2021

Successive administration in Nigeria has initiated different projects with the aim of improving the income and productivity of the small-scale rural farmers thereby ensuring food security. However, most of these projects have not achieved the desired goal of improving the productivity, income and the living standard of the poor rural farmers in Nigeria. It is on record that since independence, the Government of Nigeria...

Author(s): Isah Abubakar Idris and Muhammad Sani M. Jabo

Predicting the adoption of improved cassava varieties in Sierra Leone

February 2021

In Sierra Leone cassava plays a major role in households’ food and income security. Plant breeders have concentrated on improved varieties with an increasing yields per unit area. This study was designed to identify factors that influence adoption or rejection of improved cassava cultivars by growers. Data were collected using questionnaires, focus group discussions and field walks; locations were selected using...

Author(s): Janatu V. Sesay, Aiah Lebbie and Richard A. Wadsworth    

Transportation inefficiencies in the cocoa value chains in Ivory Coast: Is sustainability possible?

February 2021

The purpose of this investigation is to examine transportation inefficiencies and the sustainability of cocoa value chains in Ivory Coast. Problems addressed include unidentified major actors, types of transportation and how it is measured, and lastly, improving efficiency in transportation with respect to society, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. A mixed method methodology is followed in which qualitative and...

Author(s): Simeon Human and Ingrid Fromm  

Aquaculture extension service in Kenya: Farmers and extension officers perspectives

January 2021

A cross-sectional study was undertaken to examine the aquaculture extension service in Kenya.  Primary data was collected using a semi-structured questionnaire administered to 292 randomly selected fish farmers and 56 extension officers in different counties in Kenya. Descriptive statistics mainly mean and frequencies were computed to determine key characteristics of farmers and extension officers. Inferential...

Author(s): Fonda J. Awuor, Mary A. Opiyo, Kevin O. Obiero, Jonathan M. Munguti, Jacob Abwao, Betty M. Nyonje, Nancy Nevejan and Gilbert V. Stappen  

Mobile phone technology for increasing banana productivity among smallholder farmers in Uganda

January 2021

This study aimed at assessing the level of mobile phone use in Ugandan agricultural extension, and to establish the extent to which mobile phone Viamo’s 3-2-1 service, hosted by Airtel Uganda, was being accessed and how the facility can be improved to boost banana productivity. The results of the study indicate that use of mobile phones for increased banana productivity were dependent on age, gender, household...

Author(s): William Tinzaara, Elias Oyesigye, Christophe Bocquet, Jamie Arkin, and Vincent Johnson  

Effects of soil organic resource management practices on crop productivity and household income in Chipata district of Zambia

December 2020

Soil organic resource management practices such as use of green manure, cover crops, improved fallows, mulch, animal manure, compost and residue retention are options that promote the environment and potentially increase farmer crop yields and income. However, there have been low levels of adoption of most of these practices, and their ability to improve crop yields and farmer income has come into question. The...

Author(s): Henry Nkhuwa, Elias Kuntashula, Thomson Kalinda and Benson Chishala  

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