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Household Level Financial Incentives to Adoption of Conservation Agricultural Technologies in Africa

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  • Haggblade, Steven
  • Tembo, Gelson
  • Donovan, Cynthia

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Although several studies have been conducted to determine the viability of conservation agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, almost all such studies are fragmented – often country specific – and with undue emphasis on output effects. However, assessment of the attractiveness of these technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa requires a detailed case-by-case comparison of changes in output and input costs and benefits. This paper reviews a set of responses known collectively as “conservation” or “sustainable” agriculture. Though definitions vary, these technologies typically involve agricultural management practices that prevent degradation of soil and water resources and thereby permit sustainable farm productivity without environmental degradation.

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Paper provided by Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics in its series Food Security Collaborative Working Papers with number 54466.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:ags:midcwp:54466

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Keywords: food security; food policy; conservation; sustainable agriculture; Crop Production/Industries; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies; Q18;

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  1. Jagger, Pamela & Pender, John L., 2000. "The role of trees for sustainable management of less-favored lands: the case of eucalyptus in Ethiopia," EPTD discussion papers 65, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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  3. Haggblade, Steven & Tembo, Gelson, 2003. "Conservation farming in Zambia:," EPTD discussion papers 108, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  4. S.J. Dima & A.N. Odero, 1997. "Organic Farming for Sustainable Agricultural Production. A Brief Theoretical Review and Preliminary Empirical Evidence," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 10(2), pages 177-188, September.
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  1. Ajayi, Olu Clifford & Akinnifesi, Festus K. & Sileshi, G. & Kanjipite, W., 2009. "Labour inputs and financial profitability of conventional and agroforestry-based soil fertility management practices in Zambia," Agrekon, Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA), vol. 48(3), September.
  2. Harris, David & Orr, Alastair, 2014. "Is rainfed agriculture really a pathway from poverty?," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 123(C), pages 84-96.
  3. Ndlovu, Patrick V. & Mazvimavi, Kizito & An, Henry & Murendo, Conrad, 2014. "Productivity and efficiency analysis of maize under conservation agriculture in Zimbabwe," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 124(C), pages 21-31.

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