Determinants of the Adoption of Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices in Siyadebrina Wayu District, North Shewa, Ethiopia
International Journal of African and Asian Studies
Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) is one of the solutions that simultaneously address the issues of food security, climate change and agricultural productivity. Climate-smart agricultural (CSA) practices have the potential of its triple potential benefits of improved productivity and high income, reduction or removal of greenhouse gases and improved household food security. The objective of this study was to examine the determinants of adoption of climate smart agricultural practices. The
... ctices. The methodology of the study was conducted using mixed methods approaches, in which 368 randomly selected households were surveyed, 10 key informants were interviewed, and 6 focus group discussions participants were held. The analysis was based on survey data and a binary logistic regression model was used. Findings revealed that highly adopted CSA practices in the study area were integrated soil fertility management, conservation agriculture, small scale irrigation, and improved livestock feed. Factors influencing adoption of CSA practices were also explored such as household size, farming system, off-farm income, access to irrigated farm, distance to market, farm size, and access to agricultural credit. The study concludes that a large proportion of respondents were aware of most of the practices, but adoption of CSA practices examined was very low. Therefore, as a recommendation sensitization of farmers on reality of climate change and the need to adopt CSA practices towards reduction of adverse effect of climate change should continue. Policy and support program should focus on dissemination of CSA practices to a larger proportion of smallholder farmers.