Land management in rural Burkina Faso: the role of socio-cultural and institutional factors

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Etongo , D , Epule , T E , Djenontin , I N S & Kanninen , M 2018 , ' Land management in rural Burkina Faso: the role of socio-cultural and institutional factors ' , Natural Resources Forum , vol. 42 , no. 3 , pp. 201-213 . https://doi.org/10.1111/1477-8947.12153

Title: Land management in rural Burkina Faso: the role of socio-cultural and institutional factors
Author: Etongo, Daniel; Epule, Terence Epule; Djenontin, Ida Nadia S.; Kanninen, Markku
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences
Date: 2018-08
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Natural Resources Forum
ISSN: 0165-0203
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/316303
Abstract: Farmers in the Sahel have been acknowledged for reclaiming degraded lands and improving food security by ingeniously modifying traditional agroforestry, water, and soil management practices. Despite the advantages offered by this range of farming techniques, their adoption rate is influenced by several factors. Using multivariate probit models and a correlation coefficient, this article examines the factors influencing the adoption of five land management practices based on 220 household and 40 farm surveys in four adjacent rural communities in southern Burkina Faso. The model results indicate that household labor force, education of household head, land tenure security, livestock holding, and membership in farmers' groups influence the adoption of zai practice, composting, improved fallow, stone bunds, and live hedges. However, two of the surveyed factors - number of farms and visit by agricultural extension staff during the 12 months prior to the survey - were not significant. Furthermore, a significant correlation was found between different land management practices, e.g., the decision to practice zai is significantly linked to that of live hedges and composting. Zai practice and stone bunds are considered labor intensive, which explains their significant correlations with household labor force at the 1% and 5% levels of significance, respectively.
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
Smallholder farmers
sustainable agricultural practices
land tenure
food security
multivariate probit model
southern Burkina Faso
4111 Agronomy
4112 Forestry
Smallholder farmers
sustainable agricultural practices
land tenure
food security
multivariate probit model
southern Burkina Faso
FACTORS INFLUENCING ADOPTION
SOIL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT
WEST-AFRICAN SAHEL
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
WATER CONSERVATION
SMALLHOLDER FARMERS
CENTRAL PLATEAU
DEGRADATION
TECHNOLOGY
FALLOW
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