IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/p/ags/eprcrs/148950.html
   My bibliography  Save this paper

What factors determine membership to farmer groups in Uganda? Evidence from the Uganda Census of Agriculture 2008/9

Author

Listed:
  • Adong, Annet
  • Mwaura, Francis
  • Okoboi, Geofrey

Abstract

While government of Uganda and its development partners are targeting farmer groups as the vehicle for agricultural development, there is limited empirical evidence on what drives membership to these groups. Using the Uganda Census of Agriculture 2008/9 data, this paper reveals low levels of membership both at individual and household levels with a marked regional dimension. The key policy variables found to influence participation in farmer group included education attainment, distance to extension service and quality of road infrastructure. Increasing membership to farmer groups requires government and its development partners to target more resources towards less educated farmers and those who live far from extension workers. The use of the local language in publicity materials is also important in ensuring participation among the illiterate and the less educated. Overall, there is a need for concerted efforts by all institutions supporting groups to ensure that existing groups have improved access to agricultural technologies and noticeable outcomes are achieved so as to attract more farmers.

Suggested Citation

  • Adong, Annet & Mwaura, Francis & Okoboi, Geofrey, 2012. "What factors determine membership to farmer groups in Uganda? Evidence from the Uganda Census of Agriculture 2008/9," Research Series 148950, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:eprcrs:148950
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://purl.umn.edu/148950
    Download Restriction: no

    Other versions of this item:

    References listed on IDEAS

    as
    1. Salifu, Adam & Francesconi, Gian Nicola & Kolavalli, Shashidhara, 2010. "A review of collective action in rural Ghana," IFPRI discussion papers 998, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. Davis, K. & Nkonya, E. & Kato, E. & Mekonnen, D.A. & Odendo, M. & Miiro, R. & Nkuba, J., 2012. "Impact of Farmer Field Schools on Agricultural Productivity and Poverty in East Africa," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(2), pages 402-413.
    3. Barbara Lepidus Carlson & Brenda G. Cox & Linda S. Bandeh, "undated". "SAS Macros Useful in Imputing Missing Survey Data," Mathematica Policy Research Reports bdb953e71b8147a18e41726dc, Mathematica Policy Research.
    4. repec:ilo:ilowps:457106 is not listed on IDEAS
    5. Okoboi, Geofrey & Muwanika, Fred Roland & Nyende, Majidu & Mugisha, Xavier, 2011. "Economic and institutional efficiency of the National Agricultural Advisory Services’ Programme: The case of Iganga District," Research Series 113622, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).
    6. Loevinsohn, Michael E. & Mugarura, Johnson & Nkusi, Augustin, 1994. "Cooperation and innovation by farmer groups: Scale in the development of Rwandan valley farming systems," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 46(2), pages 141-155.
    7. repec:mpr:mprres:2182 is not listed on IDEAS
    8. Kyazze, Lawrence M., 2010. "Cooperatives : the sleeping economic and social giants in Uganda," ILO Working Papers 994571063402676, International Labour Organization.
    9. Läpple, Doris & Rensburg, Tom Van, 2011. "Adoption of organic farming: Are there differences between early and late adoption?," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(7), pages 1406-1414, May.
    10. Obwona, Marios & Ssewanyana, Sarah, 2007. "Development Impact of Higher Education in Africa: the case of Uganda," Policy Briefs 150535, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).
    11. Ainembabazi, John Herbert, 2007. "Landlessness within the vicious cycle of poverty in Ugandan rural farm household: why and how it is born?," Research Series 150485, Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC).
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. repec:gam:jsusta:v:9:y:2017:i:8:p:1357-:d:106713 is not listed on IDEAS

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ags:eprcrs:148950. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (AgEcon Search). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/eprccug.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.