Sokoine University of Agriculture

Cognitive correlates of adoption of improved cassava processing technologies among farmers in the Lake zone, Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Joshua, Joel Matiku
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-11T12:50:26Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-11T12:50:26Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/3517
dc.description PhD Thesis en_US
dc.description.abstract Low acceptance and adoption of farming technologies has been reported in various studies from both developed and developing countries. In Tanzania, an attempt to modernise cassava processing with modern technology has received low acceptance, thus, low adoption rates. Previous studies on low adoption rates of the improved cassava processing technology, however, have placed little emphasis on cognitive variables in their conceptual models. Consequently, little is known of how technology adoption is influenced by cognitive and behavioural factors. Through the psychological approach and with application of the Social Cognitive Theory, this study sought to investigate cognitive correlates of adoption of improved cassava processing technology among farmers in Tanzania. This study specifically sought to; examine the relationship between the farmers’ attitudes towards improved cassava processing technology and its adoption; investigate the relationship between the farmers’ perceived self-efficacy and adoption of the improved cassava processing technology; examine the relationship between the farmers’ cognitive flexibility and adoption of improved cassava processing technology; and to explain adoption of the improved cassava processing technology from cognitive viewpoint when all intervening variables are put under control. Data were collected using a cross–sectional survey among purposively selected sample of 360 respondents. The sample included 181 (50.3%) males and 179 (49.7%) females from Mara, Mwanza and Kagera regions in Tanzania. The study respondents were exposed to a questionnaire with instruments that measured attitude, perceived self–efficacy, cognitive flexibility and adoption of the improved cassava processing technology. The questionnaire also comprised of socio-demographic variables such as age, sex, education level, training on cassava processing technology, participation in other economic activities and intention to adopt. Data analysis was performed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS V. 21). The Component Principle Analysis was used to check the psychometric structures of the scales; Chi square for independence was used to check the association between cognitive traits and adoption; The Pearson product moment correlation analysis was performed to assess correlation among cognitive traits and between them and adoption; and binary logistic analysis supplemented the analyses to explain adoption from cognitive traits while controlling for other non–cognitive variables. Binary logistic regression analysis indicated that cognitive traits such as attitude, perceived self–efficacy, cognitive flexibility as well as one non–cognitive trait (training on improved cassava processing technology) explained adoption of improved cassava processing technology. The thesis indicates that each cognitive trait explain adoption in specific implementation stage differently from the other. The thesis concludes that cognitive traits such as attitude towards improved cassava processing technology, perceived self–efficacy and cognitive flexibility partly explain adoption of the improved cassava processing technologies. It is recommended to adoption promotion agents including the Government and nongovernment stakeholders that from the onset of introduction of the cassava processing technologies, training that is given to farmers should be tailored in a way that it may enlist cognitive traits among the farmers. This may help improve adoption of improved cassava processing technologies in all its implementation stages. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sokoine University of Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Cassava en_US
dc.subject Lake zone en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.subject Farmer en_US
dc.title Cognitive correlates of adoption of improved cassava processing technologies among farmers in the Lake zone, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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