Research Papers/Topics in Agricultural Economics & Extension

The Effect Of Informal Information Networks On The Flow And Provision Of Agricultural Information: The Case Of Ahafo Ano South District, Ghana.

ABSTRACT To improve agricultural development and to empower farmers to make sound, practical decisions, access to reliable agricultural information and knowledge is required. Farmers who are unable to access agricultural information from formal sources frequently turn to information transmitted through their informal information networks. The study examined existing informal agricultural information networks by using network characteristics, i.e., Network density, Centralization Measure...

Value Chain Intervention Strategies And Gender Outcomes: A Study Of Shea Actors In Northern Region

ABSTRACT This study investigated the impact of value chain intervention strategies on gender outcomes. The study was conducted in the Sagnarigu District, Tolon District, and Tamale Metropolitan. Simple random sampling, and Purposive sampling methods were used to identify and collect data from 150 shea actors. The research revealed that 68.7 per cent of shea actors had no formal education, and 18 per cent had non-formal education. The research also revealed that shea actors benefitted fr...

The Impact Of Project-Based Learning On Acquisition Of Agricultural Knowledge And Skills In Senior High Schools In The Volta Region

ABSTRACT Agricultural knowledge and skills acquired by Agricultural science students in Senior High Schools in Ghana is very crucial in developing the career pathways of students after successful completion of their course of study. The purpose of the study was to investigate the impact of Project-Based learning on acquisition of Agricultural knowledge and skills in Senior High Schools in the Volta Region. Using multi-stage sampling techniques such as purposive and stratified rando...

Adoption Of Improved Cowpea Preservation Technologies In The Akatsi District Of The Volta Region, Ghana

ABSTRACT Enhancing the adoption of Improved Cowpea Preservation Technologies (ICPTs) can contribute greatly to food security in low- income countries such as Ghana. However, although such improved technologies have been the focus of technology development and extension effort for sometime now in Ghana, there is a dearth of studies on the extent of adoption of ICPTs and its determinants. Among others, current adoption of technology literature suggests that target or potential user’s pe...

Effect of Participation of Non-Governmental Organisations in Extension Delivery on Farmers’ Accessibility to Information

ABSTRACT The dissemination of the relevant information for agricultural production is the institutional duty of all stakeholders committed to the development of agriculture of which the agricultural extension agent and his organisation play a prominent role. As a formal public (government funded) institution, the agricultural extension service has been observed to be undergoing a period of change in respect to the provision of material and financial resources to carry extension activ...

Perceptions And Adaptation Strategies Of Rice Farmers To Climate Change In Adaklu District, Ghana

ABSTRACT Climate variability is one of the great challenges facing smallholder farmers in Ghana and more specifically rice farmers. The main objective of this study was to assess the perceptions and adaptation strategies of rice farmers to climate change in Adaklu district. Specifically, the study sought to, i) determines rice farmers’ perceptions of climate change; ii) estimate the adaptive capacities of rice farmers to climate change; iii) identify the adaptation strategies use...

Analysis Of Rural Farmers’ Use Of Improved Cocoyam Production Practices In South-South, Nigeria.

ABSTRACTThe unavailability of adequate empirical data necessitated this study of analysis of rural farmers‟ use of improved cocoyam production practices in South-South, Nigeria with coverage States such as Cross River, Delta and Edo. The study described the socio-economic characteristics of rural farmers, identified the improved cocoyam production practices and determined the extent of rural farmers‟ use of improved cocoyam production practices among others. A total of 411 contact cocoyam...

Profit Efficiency Of Layer Production In Brong Ahafo And Greater Accra Regions Of Ghana

ABSTRACT This study assesses the profit efficiency of layer production in the Brong Ahafo and Greater Accra Regions of Ghana. The study specifically used farm level data to estimate the level of productivity of various inputs, profit efficiency levels, identify determinants of profit efficiency and further identified and ranked major constraints to layer production using Henry Garrett’s ranking technique. A multi-stage sampling technique was used to collect cross-sectional data from 3...

Assessment Of Effects Of Fadama Ii Development Project On Rural Communities In Imo State, Nigeria

ABSTRACTThe study aimed at assessing the effects of Fadama II Development Project on Rural Communities in the three (3) agricultural zones of Imo State, Nigeria. The specific objectives include to: identify the socio-economic characteristics of the rural farmers that benefited from the Fadama II project across the three agricultural zones; determine the extent of farmers participation in planning, implementation and evaluation of Fadama II project across the three agricultural zones in the st...

Sustainability Of Maize-Based Cropping Systems In Northern Ghana

ABSTRACT This study was carried out in Northern Ghana with the objective of assessing the sustainability1 of five maize-based cropping systems in the area. The cropping systems are maize-cowpea rotation, maize-cowpea relay intercropping, maize-cowpea mixed intercropping, sole maize continuously cropped and maize-sorghum-groundnuts mixed intercropping. The study also sought to establish any variability in the cropping systems of Northern Ghana, strategies adopted by farmers to increase c...

Smallholder Maize Farming Households’ Vulnerability To Climate Change In The Brong-Ahafo Region Of Ghana

ABSTRACT This study investigated smallholder maize farming households’ vulnerability to climate change, factors affecting the vulnerability of the households and households’ constraints to climate change adaptation strategies in the Wenchi and Techiman Municipalities in the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. Primary data were collected through a personal administered questionnaire. One Hundred and fifty (150) smallholder maize farming households were randomly sampled. The Livelihood vulne...

Adoption Of Agricultural Innovations A Case Study Of Maize Narrow-Crib In Southern Benin

ABSTRACT An important aspect of agricultural development involves, the adoption of innovations by farmers. Several activities were put in place by extension services in Benin to get wide spread adoption of innovations by farmers. One of these actions was the introduction of maize narrow-crib in rural areas in Benin ; but still some farmers are not adopting. After four years of the introduction of this maize narrow-crib, it is important to appreciate the factors that are affecting the ad...

The Contribution Of Enterprise Establishment Factors To The Growth Of Pineapple Industry In The Nsawam-Adoagyiri District In The Eastern Region Of Ghana.

ABSTRACT The establishment of agro enterprises is influenced by various factors identified in the theories of enterprise establishment which most entrepreneurs do not pay particular attention to when establishing and managing their enterprises. The aim of this study is to examine how enterprise establishment factors contribute to the growth of the pineapple industry. The enterprise establishment or founding factors identified and examined in this study are the basic tasks identifi...

The Contribution Of Enterprise Establishment Factors To The Growth Of Pineapple Industry In The Nsawam-Adoagyiri District In The Eastern Region Of Ghana

ABSTRACT The establishment of agro enterprises is influenced by various factors identified in the theories of enterprise establishment which most entrepreneurs do not pay particular attention to when establishing and managing their enterprises. The aim of this study is to examine how enterprise establishment factors contribute to the growth of the pineapple industry. The enterprise establishment or founding factors identified and examined in this study are the basic tasks identifi...

The Contribution Of Outgrower Scheme To Farmers Livelihood-A Case Of Oil Palm Farmers In The Kwaebibirem District Of Ghana

ABSTRACT The study was carried out to investigate the contribution of Ghana Oil Palm Development Company Limited (GOPDC) outgrower scheme to small-scale farmers‘ livelihood. A total of 214 respondents were involved in this study. The respondents were selected from four communities in the Kwaebibirem district of the Eastern region of Ghana. They were both outgrower and non outgrower farmers (small scale farmers). The data gathered were analysed using SPSS. Similarly, chi square test wa...


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