Journal of
Soil Science and Environmental Management

  • Abbreviation: J. Soil Sci. Environ. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2391
  • DOI: 10.5897/JSSEM
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 287

Full Length Research Paper

Determinants of adopting techniques of soil and water conservation in Goromti Watershed, Western Ethiopia

Addisu Damtew Atnafe
  • Addisu Damtew Atnafe
  • Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia
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Husen Maru Ahmed
  • Husen Maru Ahmed
  • Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia
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Demeku Mesfin Adane
  • Demeku Mesfin Adane
  • Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia
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  •  Received: 26 March 2015
  •  Accepted: 25 May 2015
  •  Published: 30 June 2015

Abstract

Land degradation is one of the major challenges in agricultural production in many parts of the world, especially in developing nations, including Ethiopia. A number of soil and water conservation methods were introduced to combat land degradation but adoption of these practices remains below expectations. The main objective of the study is to assess determinants of soil and water conservation techniques in Western Ethiopia. For this purpose, household questionnaire, key informant interview and observation were used to generate both qualitative and quantitative data. Field survey was conducted to collect the necessary data from sample households, which were selected via simple random sampling. The quantitative data have been tabulated and summarized by utilizing the statistical package for social science (SPSS 17). The study revealed that factors such as slope of the area, contact with extension workers, tenure status, age, size of house hold and training influenced farmers to adopt soil and water conservation methods.

 

Key words: Adoption, soil and water conservation techniques, Goromti Watershed.