Sokoine University of Agriculture

Role of rural initiatives for participatory agricultural Transformation (ripat) approach in agricultural Technologies dissemination and adoption in Ikungi District, Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Daniel, J.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-08T18:06:14Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-08T18:06:14Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/3671
dc.description Masters Thesis en_US
dc.description.abstract Agricultural technologies are important in increasing crop productivity. However, the rate of adoption of disseminated technologies has remained low among farmers. The study on which this dissertation is based aimed at assessing the role of the Rural Initiatives for Transformation Agricultural Technologies (RIPAT) approach in adoption of disseminated agricultural technologies in Ikungi District, Singida Region, Tanzania. The specific objectives were to: determine association between socio-demographic factors and farmers’ adoption of selected agricultural technologies, compare agricultural productivity among the RIPAT approach participants who practise different technologies disseminated by the RIPAT, determine influence of the RIPAT approach factors on agricultural productivity, and determine attitude of farmers towards the RIPAT approach in agricultural knowledge dissemination and adoption. A cross-sectional research design was adopted whereby quantitative and qualitative data were collected from a sample of 120 respondents and five key informants. Qualitative data were collected using key informant interviews. Quantitative data were collected using a structured questionnaire. Qualitative data were analysed using content analysis, and quantitative data were analysed descriptively and inferentially using chi square test, one-way ANOVA and multiple linear regression. Findings from the study showed that, of the four technologies that the RIPAT disseminated, home gardening technology was the most adopted technology, followed by poultry mother unit technology and conservation agriculture technology while rain water harvesting technology was the least adopted. In addition, the findings showed that education of household head was significantly (p ≤ 0.05) associated with adoption of poultry mother unit, harvesting rainfall and home gardening technologies. The findings also showed that the use of the RIPAT approach had managed to increase contact among farmers and extension agents through sequential training provided to extension agents as well as in provision of working tools among extension agents. The findings also showed that the extent of the RIPAT disseminated technologies was higher at 75% as compared to that of other common technologies which was at 60%, and the extent of overall adoption was 66.67%. The majority of the respondents were engaged in maize production compared to other crops. Moreover, the findings showed that farmers growing maize (68), sorghum (6), millet (29), finger millet (35) and sunflower (25) had adopted for at least three different technologies among conservation agriculture technologies, poultry mother unit technology, harvesting rain water technology and home gardening technology. The findings also showed that farmers’ experience on the use of the RIPAT disseminated technologies had a significant p ≤ 0.05 effect on crop productivity. The findings further showed that 65% of the respondents had favourable attitude towards adoption of conservation agriculture technology, rain water harvesting technology, raised home gardens technology and poultry mother unit technologies disseminated by the RIPAT project. It is concluded that the surveyed farmers in Ikungi District were practising traditional technologies to a large extent but more with the application of the RIPAT approach conservation agriculture, poultry mother unit, harvesting rain water and home gardening agricultural technologies. The farmers had a chance of improving their technologies through increasing their participation in new technologies. Basket of options gives farmers choices in practising the most favourable technologies meeting their needs. It is recommended that RECODA organisation staff should conduct campaigns to promote RIPAT agricultural technologies so that more farmers can have more favourable attitude towards the technologies. This will enhance adoption of the disseminated agricultural technologies. In order to increase farmers’ knowledge, adoption and willingness to participate and practise RIPAT disseminated technologies, there is a need for provision of subsidies by projects applying RIPAT approach to farmers and increase collaboration with government extension officers. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sokoine University of Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Rural initiatives en_US
dc.subject Participatory agricultural Transformation en_US
dc.subject Agricultural Technologies en_US
dc.subject Ikungi en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title Role of rural initiatives for participatory agricultural Transformation (ripat) approach in agricultural Technologies dissemination and adoption in Ikungi District, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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