Research Papers/Topics in Agricultural Economics & Extension

Have Actions Taken to Control Fall ArmyWorm Reduced the Economic Cost Experienced in Ghana?

SummaryThe rapid spread of the invasive crop pest, the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), across Africa in recent years has attracted considerable interest, especially the effect on maize farmers. The purpose of this study is to understand and assess the economic costs of the fall armyworm invasion in Ghana under different control scenarios.  Three different scenarios are modelled: one with no farmer applied control measures, one with limited control measures and one with proactive c...

Computer Applications in Agricultural Research

IntroductionAgriculture  Research  have  benefited  from  incorporation  of technological  advances  primarily  developed  for  other  industries.  The  industrial age brought mechanization and synthesized fertilizers to agriculture. The technology age offered genetic engineering and automation. The information age brings the potential for  integrating  the  technological  and  industrial ...

Participatory Forest Management in West Usambara Tanzania: What Is the Community Perception on Success?

Abstract: Despite the increase in forest areas and villages under the participatory program over the last two decades in Tanzania, there is little insight into the communities’ views regarding their participation. This study aimed to explore communities’ participation in the participatory forest program in Tanzania. The survey involved 159 households, randomly sampled from four villages bordering state and community-managed forests, in West Usambara Mountains. The factor analysis sum...

Reporting of Climate Change News in Three Nigerian Newspapers

Abstract The trend of news frame in the print media has implications for public perception of emerging development issues and actions that members of the public in general and farmers in particular will take in similar situations in the future. Combining the occurrence of climate change topical news variables and framing theories, this study content-analysed 111 climate news items framed in three Nigerian newspapers (the Guardian, Punch and Nigerian Tribune) between January 2010 and Ju...

Farm Settlement Scheme in Nigeria

Farm scheme can be seen as a method of advancing rural development in a rapid speed by the effort of the government. Farm settlement scheme can also be described as an intervention of the government to promote efficient utilization of land resources and dignity in farming by the provision of basic social needs. In Nigeria, this type of settlement scheme has been in operation since the 1950’s. Each of the three Geo-political zones i.e. the Hausa’s, the Igbo’s and the Yoruba’s had...