African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6691

Full Length Research Paper

Climbing beans in Uganda: A perspective of smallholder farmers on their determinants, associated challenges and implications for research

Rose Takusewanya
  • Rose Takusewanya
  • National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Namulonge, P. O. Box 7084, Kampala, Uganda.
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Annet Namayanja
  • Annet Namayanja
  • National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Namulonge, P. O. Box 7084, Kampala, Uganda.
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Michael Adrogu Ugen
  • Michael Adrogu Ugen
  • National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Namulonge, P. O. Box 7084, Kampala, Uganda.
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Stanley Nkalubo
  • Stanley Nkalubo
  • National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI), Namulonge, P. O. Box 7084, Kampala, Uganda.
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Thomas Lapaka Odong
  • Thomas Lapaka Odong
  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University (MAK), P. O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda.
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Godfrey Vianney Bwogi
  • Godfrey Vianney Bwogi
  • Faculty of Agriculture, Uganda Martyrs University, P. O. Box 5498 Kampala, Uganda.
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  •  Received: 08 January 2017
  •  Accepted: 18 December 2017
  •  Published: 05 July 2018


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