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Adoption of African indigenous vegetables into agro-pastoral livelihoods for income and food security

Adoption of African indigenous vegetables into agro-pastoral livelihoods for income and food... PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to determine the factors influencing adoption of African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) into the agro-pastoral farming systems aiming at improving livelihoods.Design/methodology/approachThe paper is based upon the diffusion theory which is linked to the random utility theory. A survey of 205 agro-pastoral households obtained through multistage sampling technique was used. Factors influencing adoption of AIVs were estimated using a logit model.FindingsFindings indicate that the acreage under AIVs was still very low compared to other crop enterprises with the most common types of AIVs grown being Solanum nigrum, Amaranthus spp., Cucurbita maxima, Vigna unguiculata, Basella alba and Cleome gynandra. Factors influencing adoption were found to be gender, age, farm size, education level, off-farm income and number of visits to extension officer.Research limitations/implicationsLimitations include reliance on respondents’ willingness to provide correct information.Originality/valueThis paper adds value in its contribution to literature on diversifying agro-pastoral livelihoods through production of AIVs for income and food security. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies Emerald Publishing

Adoption of African indigenous vegetables into agro-pastoral livelihoods for income and food security

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
2044-0839
DOI
10.1108/JADEE-07-2014-0022
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to determine the factors influencing adoption of African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) into the agro-pastoral farming systems aiming at improving livelihoods.Design/methodology/approachThe paper is based upon the diffusion theory which is linked to the random utility theory. A survey of 205 agro-pastoral households obtained through multistage sampling technique was used. Factors influencing adoption of AIVs were estimated using a logit model.FindingsFindings indicate that the acreage under AIVs was still very low compared to other crop enterprises with the most common types of AIVs grown being Solanum nigrum, Amaranthus spp., Cucurbita maxima, Vigna unguiculata, Basella alba and Cleome gynandra. Factors influencing adoption were found to be gender, age, farm size, education level, off-farm income and number of visits to extension officer.Research limitations/implicationsLimitations include reliance on respondents’ willingness to provide correct information.Originality/valueThis paper adds value in its contribution to literature on diversifying agro-pastoral livelihoods through production of AIVs for income and food security.

Journal

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging EconomiesEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 14, 2016

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