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  • Adoption of new technologies by smallholder farmers: the contributions of extension, research institutes, cooperatives, and access to cash for improving tef production in Ethiopia.

    Author(s) : Cafer, A. M.Rikoon, J. S.

    Author Affiliation : Department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Mississippi, Lamar 543, University, MS 38677, USA.

    Author Email : amcafer@olemiss.edurikoonsandy@missouri.edu

    Journal article : Agriculture and Human Values 2018 Vol.35 No.3 pp.685-699 ref.88

    Abstract : Agricultural intensificationintensificationSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    and extensification are standard responses to ecological and economic vulnerability among smallholder communities. Climate change has exacerbated this vulnerability and thrown the complexity of and critical need for managing a healthy natural resource base while increasing on-farm productivity into sharp light. Sustainable intensification is one of many mechanisms for accomplishing this balancing act. This study examines the adoption of sustainable intensification practices, namely input packages focused on tef row plantingplantingSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    - designed to boost yield and promote more efficient use of inputs. This study utilized a mix methods approach to survey 115 smallholder farmers in the South Wollo zone of the Amhara region in EthiopiaethiopiaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    . This study found that cash and capitalcapitalSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , more so than contact with the AIS, influenced farmers' decisions to adopt row planting input packages. Khat production was an important source of cash for inputs and was more likely to be available to farmers with irrigation schemes. Long-term, farmers who cultivate khat may not successfully engage in SI, as khat replaces traditional food crop productioncrop productionSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    in the region. Yet, for farmers who do not grow khat, long-term investment in SI practices is unlikely unless access to affordable credit options is improved.

    ISSN : 0889-048X

    DOI : 10.1007/s10460-018-9865-5

    Record Number : 20183309459

    Publisher : Springer

    Location of publication : Amsterdam

    Country of publication : Netherlands

    Language of text : English

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    Organism descriptor(s) : Catha eduliscatha edulisSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , Eragrostis teferagrostis tefSubject Category: Organism Names
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    Descriptor(s) : capitalcapitalSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , crop productioncrop productionSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    , extensionextensionSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , farm inputsfarm inputsSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , innovation adoptioninnovation adoptionSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , intensificationintensificationSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , plantingplantingSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    , row orientationrow orientationSubject Category: Properties
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    , smallholderssmallholdersSubject Category: People Groups
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    Identifier(s) : Abyssinia, adoption of innovations, advisory services, extension activities, subsaharan Africa, teff

    Geographical Location(s) : Africa South of Saharaafrica south of saharaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , EthiopiaethiopiaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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