Research Papers/Topics in Agricultural Economics & Extension

Farmer’s Perceptions On The Effectiveness Of Cooperatives In Disseminating Agricultural Technologies In Ethiopia: A Case Of Adea District

ABSTRACTFor a long period of time within different political systems cooperative societies haveserved as farmer organizations to give credit and to disseminate agricultural inputs in orderto attain increased production and productivity of smallholders. However, dissemination ofagricultural technologies were forcibly transferred using top-down approaches withminimum participation and giving less emphasis to the priority needs of the farmers. Thisstudy examines farmer perceptions on the effecti...

Agricultural Information Needs And Their Accessibility To Sesame Producers In Morogoro District, Tanzania

ABSTRACTA study was carried out to assess the agricultural information needs and their accessibility for improving production among smallholder farmers growing sesame in Morogoro district, Morogoro region. Data were collected from 120 respondents using interview schedule. Checklist was used to collect data from Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and from interview with key informants. Quantitative data were analysed using the International Business Machines Corporation Statistical Package for Soc...

Participation Of Farmers In Irrigation Schemes In Tanzania: A Case Of Kwamadebe Irrigation Scheme In Kondoa District

ABSTRACTThe Agricultural and Livestock Policy of Tanzania gives high priority to the promotion of food sufficiency and security through irrigated agriculture. The aim of this study was to investigate factors affecting participation of farmers in irrigation schemes in Tanzania. The data were collected by interviewing farmers using semi structured questionnaire. Descriptive and inferential statistical analyses were done using SPSS version 12 as a tool of analysis. The findings reveal that the l...

The Impact Of Jatropha Farming On Food Security In Tanzania: The Case Of Rukwa And Arusha Regions

ABSTRACTThe main objective of the study was to assess the impact of jatropha farming on foodsecurity to small-scale farmers in Rukwa and Arusha regions. To achieve that objective,a simple random sampling was used to obtain jatropha famers. Two hundred and sixty(260) respondents were randomly selected; among them were 130 jatropha farmers,which involved 60 jatropha farmers from Monduli district and 70 jatropha farmers fromMpanda district. Other respondents included in the sample were non jatro...

Sustainability Of Small Farmer Groups In Extension: A Case Of Oxenization Project In Sumbawanga District, Tanzania

ABSTRACTThis study examined the sustainability of small farmer groups in extension, in Sumbawanga District, Tanzania. The specific objectives were to examine extension activities done by farmer groups; identifying factors influencing sustainability of SFGs and challenges faced in sustaining those groups. The study involved 80 respondents from two project villages and employed a cross-sectional design. Data were collected using interview schedule, focus group discussion (FGDs) and key informan...

Coffee Growers’ Knowledge, Attitude And Practice Of Starbucks’ Coffee And Farmers Equity Certification Scheme In Mbinga District

ABSTRACTThe study was carried out in Mbinga District, Tanzania to assess smallholder coffeegrowers’ knowledge, attitude and practice of Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E) Practicecertification scheme and associated implementation challenges among farmers in thestudy area. The study employed a cross-sectional research design. The sample size of 188respondents obtained by using Slovin’s sample size formula was randomly selected andsurveyed. A questionnaire, Focus Group Discussions, Key Info...

Challenges Facing Agricultural Extension In The Current Institutional Context: The Case Of Hai District, Kilimanjaro Region

ABSTRACTThe aim of the study was to understand contemporary challenges facing extension services at the District level. The study identified level of participation of agriculture stakeholders in the process of extension services delivery, accountability process in the delivery of extension services, resource capacity of the district to deliver services and farmer views on performance of extension service in Hai District. The researcher used qualitative and quantitative methods to study a dece...

Factors Influencing Contextualized Teaching And Learning In Mwanza City Primary Schools Using Agricultural Experiences

ABSTRACTThe study was conducted in Mwanza City. The study intended to assess whether teaching and learning agriculture in primary schools was contextualized. A total of 145 respondents comprised the sample of the study. They included head teachers, district agricultural education officer, Ward Education officers, teachers and pupils. Cross- sectional research design was employed, whereby data were collected at a single point in time. The study covered two districts namely Nyamagana and Ilemel...

Socio-Economic Implications Of Brown Streak Disease On Cassava Production Among Smallholder Farmers In Kisarawe District, Coast Region, Tanzania

ABSTRACTCassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) has been among major challenge to sustainable smallholder cassava production in Kisarawe District. A smallholder cassava farmer’s survey was conducted using personal interviews to determine the implication of CBSD on cassava production and income at smallholder farmer’s level in Kisarawe District. Data were collected using structured questionnaires in a cross-sectional survey involving 107 respondents in two selected wards and villages in Kisara...

Factors Influencing Adoption Of Improved Cassava Varieties In Increasing Farm Yield. A Case Of Magharibi District, Zanzibar, Tanzania

ABSTRACTDespite government and other stakeholders efforts to promote improved cassava varieties (ICV) to farmers in MagharibiDistrict in Zanzibar, cassava yield is yet below the Tanzania’s average of 8 t/ha and the average yield of 14 t/ha of Africa. Cassava Brown Streak Virus (CBSV) and Cassava Mosaic Virus (CMV) are the main causes of the yield losses; hence ICV were developed to address this issue, however, yet adoption of the ICVis poor. Farmers are still using local cassava varieties s...

Assessment Of Consumers’ Knowledge On The Safety Of Vegetables Produced In Morogoro Urban Using Low Quality Water

ABSTRACTThis study sought to assess the knowledge of consumers on the safety of vegetables produced in Morogoro Urban using Low Quality Water (LQW). The study determined how the knowledge of consumers influenced the perception and preference of various types of vegetables irrigated with LQW. A cross sectional study design was adopted and the 130 respondents were selected using simple random and purposive sampling techniques. Data collection was done using an interview schedule, focus group di...

Assessment Of The Effectivenes And Sustainability Of Household Food Insecurity Coping Strategies In Chamwino District Dodoma Region

ABSTRACTHousehold food security is an important development issue. However, foodinsecurity still persists in many parts of Tanzania due to a number of factors.When people are faced with food shortage, they develop mechanisms to copewith this problem. These strategies, however, are neither effective norsustainable. Therefore, this study was conducted to assess the effectiveness andsustainability of coping strategies towards food insecurity in Chamwino area inorder to suggest possible ways that...

Evaluation Of The Effectiveness Of Katc Approaches In Improving Smallholders’ Irrigated Rice Productivity: A Case Of Selected Irrigation Schemes In Tanzania

ABSTRACTFarmer training is essentially an agricultural extension education with a non-formal function, which applies to any institution that disseminates information and advice with the intention of promoting knowledge, attitudes, skills, and aspirations. When systematically and effectively provided, extension is known to enhance social and economic development. In terms of agricultural extension systems, different approaches can be employed to organize and implement extension activities. Eac...

Provision Of Livestock Extension Services In Peri-Urban Areas: A Case Of Kitunda Ward, Ilala Municipality, Dar-Es-Salaam Region

ABSTRACTThis study was conducted to investigate factors influencing the provision ofextension services to livestock keepers in Kitunda Ward; a peri-urban area in IlalaMunicipality, Dar-es-salaam Region. Specifically, the study attempted to; assessprivate as well as the public livestock extension agents (LEAs) in the provision ofLivestock Extension Service (LES) in Kitunda, examine the type of services andinformation, professional and technical advice provided by LEAs to the livestockkeepers, ...

Sustainability Of Donor-Funded Community Projects Under Dadps In Tanzania: A Case Of Selected Local Chicken Improvement Sub-Projects In Morogoro Municipality

ABSTRACTLike many other developing countries the public sector in Tanzania has alsoimplemented innumerable donor-funded projects particularly during the last decade.However, every time a project concludes the concern on its effective implementation,corruption, mismanagement and sustainability are raised in the media. Thus, this studywas conducted to assess sustainability of selected local chicken improvement (LCI)community sub-projects under District Agricultural Development Plans (DADPs) inM...


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