Factors contributing to disadoption of conservation agriculture among smallholder farmers in Petauke, Zambia

  • Estone Jiji Habanyati Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, School of Natural Sciences, The University of Zambia, Lusaka 32379, Zambia
  • Progress Hazwida Nyanga Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, School of Natural Sciences, The University of Zambia, Lusaka 32379, Zambia
  • Bridget Bwalya Umar Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, School of Natural Sciences, The University of Zambia, Lusaka 32379, Zambia
Keywords: basins, CA adopters, material incentives, ripping, technology diffusion

Abstract

This study identified factors that contribute to the disadoption of conservation agriculture (CA) among smallholder farmers in Petauke, Zambia. Data were collected through interviews with 92 randomly selected smallholder CA households, seven key informants, and four focus group discussions. The results showed that 29 percent of the sampled households disadopted CA. The four most commonlycited factors leading todisadoption of CA were lack of transport for manure (31%), high labor demands (25%), inadequate knowledge on CA (16%), and lack of material incentives (16%). The study recommends that CA promoters should stop inducing CA adoption through the provision of material incentives to adopters.

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Published
2018-05-24
Section
Research articles