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Plot and Household-Level Determinants of Sustainable Agricultural Practices in Rural Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Kassie, Menale
dc.contributor.author Jaleta, Moti
dc.contributor.author Shiferaw, Bekele
dc.contributor.author Mmbando, Frank
dc.contributor.author Muricho, Geoffrey
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-26T06:48:31Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-26T06:48:31Z
dc.date.issued 2012-01
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/3762
dc.description.abstract Soil fertility depletion is considered the main biophysical limiting factor to increasing per capita food production for most smallholder farmers in Africa. The adoption and diffusion of sustainable agricultural practices (SAPs), as a way to tackle this impediment, has become an important issue in the development policy agenda for sub-Saharan Africa. This paper examines the adoption decisions for SAPs, using multiple cross- sectional plot-level observations, collected in 2010 from 681 farm households and 1,539 plots, in 4 districts and 88 villages of rural Tanzania. We employ a multivariate probit technique to model simultaneous adoption decisions by farm households. Our study reveals that rainfall shocks, insects and disease shocks, government effectiveness, tenure status of plot, social capital, plot location and size, and asset ownership, all influence the adoption decision of sustainable practices. Policies that target SAPs and are aimed at organizing farmers into associations, improving land tenure security, and enhancing skills of civil servants can increase the likelihood that smallholder farmers will adopt SAPs. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Multiple adoption en_US
dc.subject Multivariate probit en_US
dc.subject sustainable practices, en_US
dc.subject Tanzania en_US
dc.title Plot and Household-Level Determinants of Sustainable Agricultural Practices in Rural Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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