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Effects of conservation farming in Zimbabwe: the case of Umguza District in the post 2000 land reform programme

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dc.contributor.advisor Gumede, Vusi Chipfakacha, Raymond Arthur 2020-01-17T11:01:49Z 2020-01-17T11:01:49Z 2019-09
dc.description Text in English
dc.description.abstract The study analysed the effects of conservation farming in Zimbabwe using a mixed methodology approach. This analysis comes against the background of the recognition that climate change, as characterized by severe droughts, has played a significant role in reducing agricultural productivity, in the process leaving smallholder farmers and the nation of Zimbabwe exposed to recurrent food insecurity. Conservation farming was introduced as a climate adaptation strategy that was aimed at improving crop yields. The study focused on assessing the association between the adoption of conservation farming and a concomitant increase in agricultural productivity. This was key in understanding if there are benefits of using conservation farming as opposed to making use of the conventional method of farming. The study also investigated the nature of conservation farming being practiced in Umguza District; this was done in order to understand whether smallholder farmers are implementing all the key principles underpinning the use of conservation farming. The study further assessed the challenges and opportunities that exist through the use of conservation farming with the aim of coming up with sustainable solutions to the challenges affecting smallholder farmers. The study went on to assess the factors that determine the adoption and maximum utilization of conservation farming. Identification of these key variables was instrumental in the design of a localized conservation farming model. Study results revealed that conservation farming is an effective method of increasing agricultural productivity. The study also established that smallholder farmers are not implementing all the key principles of conservation farming and this was attributed to the failure to include the smallholder farmers in the design of conservation farming models. It was further revealed that smallholder farmers face various challenges that include access to inputs and limited support from the government. Implications of the study highlight the need for the community to be actively involved in the design of a conservation farming model localized to the unique context of smallholder farmers. A prototype for implementing a sustainable conservation farming model was developed in collaboration with the smallholder farmers as part of a solution based approach to dealing with the challenges affecting smallholder farmers. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xxi, 291 leaves; illustrations (some color), graphs
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Conservation farming en
dc.subject Smallholder farmers en
dc.subject Agricultural productivity en
dc.subject Climate change en
dc.subject.ddc 338.196891
dc.subject.lcsh Subsistence farming -- Zimbabwe en
dc.subject.lcsh Farms, Small -- Zimbabwe en
dc.subject.lcsh Agricultural development projects -- Zimbabwe en
dc.subject.lcsh Agricultural innovations -- Zimbabwe en
dc.subject.lcsh Sustainable development -- Zimbabwe en
dc.subject.lcsh Land reform -- Zimbabwe en
dc.subject.lcsh Zimbabwe -- Rural conditions en
dc.title Effects of conservation farming in Zimbabwe: the case of Umguza District in the post 2000 land reform programme en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department School of Agriculture and Life Sciences en Ph. D.

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