ADOPTION OF AGRO-ECOLOGY PRACTICES IN SEMI-ARID ENVIRONMENT OF CHIMANIMANI DISTRICT, EASTERN ZIMBABWE

Mashapa, Clayton and Mhuriro-Mashapa, Patience and Zisadza-Gandiwa, Patience and Gandiwa, Edson (2013) ADOPTION OF AGRO-ECOLOGY PRACTICES IN SEMI-ARID ENVIRONMENT OF CHIMANIMANI DISTRICT, EASTERN ZIMBABWE. ISSN 520-5509

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Abstract

We assessed the adoption of agro-ecology practices under smallholder farming in semi-arid environment of Chimanimani District, Zimbabwe. Adoption of agro-ecology practices was examined in the context of factors that are argued as indicators of adoption and/or rejection of agro-ecology technologies and practices. Data were collected from farmers in Chikwakwa, Mhakwe and Shinja wards of Chimanimani District to examine adoption trends of agro-ecology production systems. Participatory action research was conducted from August 2011 to April 2013, where 200 smallholder farmers, inhabitants of the study area were interviewed. Our study revealed that local adoption of sustainable agro-ecology practices of direct seeding and mulch based cropping system was taking place within the study area. However, the adoption of crop residue management, crop rotation and agro-silviculture production technologies of agro-ecology, were relatively less adopted. What remains unclear is why adoption of certain agro-ecology practices assessed in the study has occurred. Keywords: Semi-arid, agro-ecology, direct seeding, mulching, agro-silviculture, adoption.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > Protection and Conservation
Depositing User: Research Database Administrator
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 12:54
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2014 12:54
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/468

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