Economics of Soil and Water Conservation: The Case of Smallholder Farmers in North Eastern Highlands of Ethiopia

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Ethiopian Economics Association (EEA)
Hassen Beshir

The objective of the study was to examine the determinant of adoption of improved Soil and Water Conservation (SWC) technologies mainly stone bund and soil bund in two districts of North east highlands of Ethiopia. Multinomial Logit model was employed to study farmers’ decision to adopt improved SWC technologies. The results of the study provided empirical evidence of the positive impact of education, extension service, and severity of soil erosion in enhancing the adoption of improved SWC technologies to increase production. Physical characteristics like distance from farmers’ home to markets, roads, and plot played a critical role in the adoption of improved SWC technologies as proximity to information, sources of input supply and markets save time and reduce transportation costs. Given the critical role of proximity to such centers and better roads for promoting adoption and productivity gains, the effort of investment in improved roads infrastructure should be improved to achieve increased production. Results suggest that there is a need for further research on improved SWC technology adoption decision and production decision of farm households.

Corporate Author:Getnet Alemu, Worku Gebeyehu & Demirew Getachew (Editors) & Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
Publisher:Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors:soil bund

Secondary Descriptor:Water Conservation

Geographic Descriptors:Ethiopia, North Eastern wollo
Cataloge Date:03/13/2015
Broad Subject heading:Soil Conservation – Ethiopia
Call Number:330.963 PRO 2014
Serial Key Title:Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
Publication catagory: International Conference
Content type: EEA Publication
Publication date:2014-06-02 00:00:00
Forum or Discussion date:2013-07-17 00:00:00
Place of publication:Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material:Book
Current frequency:Annually
Author: Hassen Beshir