Factors Affecting Intercropping and Conservation Tillage Practices in Eastern Ethiopia
Mengistu Ketema and
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Mengistu Ketema Aredo
AGRIS on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, 2012, vol. 04, issue 1, 9
In order to combat adverse effects of farmland degradation it is necessary for farmers to adopt sustainable land management and conservation strategies like intercropping and conservation tillage. However, efforts to adopt these strategies are very minimal in Ethiopia. In an attempt to address the objectives of examining factors affecting use of intercropping and conservation tillage practices, this study utilized plot- and household-level data collected from 211 farm households and employed a bivariate probit model for its analysis. The study revealed that intercropping and conservation tillage decisions are interdependent, and that they are also significantly affected by various factors. In addition, conservation tillage and intercropping practices as short- term interventions are found to augment the long-term interventions like terraces, diversion ditches, and tree plantations. The paper highlights important policy implications that are required to encourage intercropping and conservation tillage measures.
Keywords: Agricultural and Food Policy; Crop Production/Industries; Environmental Economics and Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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