Title: Determinants of adoption of soil and water and conservation techniques: evidence from Northern Ghana
Authors: Abdallah Abdul-Hanan
Addresses: Department of Agribusiness Management and Finance, University for Development Studies, P.O. Box TL 1882, Tamale, Ghana
Abstract: The study assessed the number of soil and water conservation techniques employed by maize farmers in the northern, upper east and upper west regions of Ghana. The paper provides an understanding of the factors that influence the adoption by smallholder farmers. Poisson model is employed to estimate soil and water conservation techniques adoption. The results indicate that farmers who are near to input store/market, males, gifted with land, have access to credit and own livestock employ the largest number of soil and water conservation techniques. The results confirm the importance of road network and agricultural credit provision to facilitate production technology adoption by farmers.
Keywords: soil conservation; water conservation; maize farmers; Poisson model; Ghana; smallholder farmers; stores; market access; gender; land ownership; access to credit; livestock ownership; road networks; agricultural credit provision.
International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics, 2017 Vol.3 No.1, pp.31 - 43
Received: 08 Dec 2015
Accepted: 20 Apr 2016
Published online: 15 Mar 2017 *