Farmers

Farmers' personal characteristics in assuring agricultural productivity: Lessons from sweet potato farmers in Teso, Uganda

Farmers constantly require incentives to stay in production. This paper discusses findings on farmers' personal characteristics salient in production among sweet potato farmers from the study done in Teso, Uganda. Both fanners and agricultural advisers consulted agreed that the weather is a big factor in agricultural production. Over 91% of the farmers expressed positive attitudes towards growing sweet potatoes which spelt their interest in farming. Conditions under which farmers worked affected enterprise productivity.

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Determinants of smallholder sweet potato farmers' participation in different market options: the case of Vihiga County, Kenya

Market participation has a potential to increase farmers' rural incomes and employment opportunities especially if farmers concentrate on production and marketing of local crops requiring low inputs such as sweet potatoes. The purpose of this research was to investigate the factors that determine farmers' shift in market participation from village to regional market in Vihiga County. Cross-sectional data was collected and a multinomial logit model was used for the analysis.

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Evaluation of information and communication technology utilization by small holder banana farmers in Gatanga District, Kenya

Purpose: The study was carried out to identify information communication technologies (ICTs) used in production and marketing of bananas, to determine factors influencing intensity of use of ICT tools and to assess whether use of ICT has a significant influence on adoption of tissue culture bananas by small-scale banana farmers in Gatanga District, Kenya. Design/methodology/approach: A multi-stage purposive sampling and proportionate allocation technique was used to select 116 respondents. A pre-tested questionnaire was used to collect data.

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Gender differences in access and use of selected productive resources among sweet potato farmers in Uganda

Background: In spite of women making up the biggest workforce in food production, processing and preparation in Africa, little is known about how women access production resources, especially concerning sweet potato enterprise. Based on the sex of the household head, we compared male and female sweet potato farmers' access to agricultural information, credit and extension in Uganda. Differences in sweet potato production techniques, contribution of sweet potato to household food security or cash income, off-farm income sources and membership to farmers' group were also determined.

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Upscaling the orange-fleshed sweetpotato in East and Central Africa

The Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotato (OFSP) is a wonder crop - 125 g supply the recommended daily vitamin A for a child below five years of age. This would combat vitamin A deficiency, estimated in 27 million children in East and Central Africa. However, OFSP has not readily been available among resource-poor farmers. The Dissemination of New Agricultural Technologies in Africa (DONATA) project aimed at popularising OFSP uptake and utilisation in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The project employed a multistakeholder approach to promote proven OFSP technologies.

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Conference materials

Measuring risk attitudes among Mozambican farmers

Although farmers in developing countries are generally thought to be risk averse, little is known about the actual form of their risk preferences. In this paper, we use a relatively large lab-in-the-field experiment to explore risk preferences related to sweet potato production among a sample of farmers in northern Mozambique. A unique feature of this experiment is that it includes a large subsample of husband and wife pairs.

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Gender differentials in sweetpotato production on the livelihood strategies of farmers in Ebonyi State, Nigeria

This study was conducted to analyse the determinants of sweetpotato production on the livelihood strategies of the male and female sweetpotato producers in Ebonyi State. A multi-stage randomized sampling procedure was used to collect cross sectional data in 2014. Data collected from 120 Sweetpotato producers were analysed using descriptive statistics and ordered probit analyses. The results of the study showed that the mean age of male and female farmers was about 30 and 40 years respectively.

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Determinants of consumers' willingness to purchase East African Highland cooking banana hybrids in Uganda

The study analyzed the influence of personal and socio-economic characteristics of small scale farmers on sweet potato production in south east agro-ecological zone of Nigeria. Specifically the study identified the personal and socio-economic characteristics of sweet potato farmers in south east agroecological zone of Nigeria and also determined the influence of these personal and socio-economic characteristics of farmers on sweet potato production in the zone and its implications for extension and food security.

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