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Title:Economic Factors in Farmer Adoption of Agroforestry: Patterns Observed in Western Kenya
Author:Scherr, Sara J.
Year:1995
Periodical:World Development
Volume:23
Issue:5
Period:May
Pages:787-804
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Luo
agroforestry
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
External link:https://doi.org/10.1016/0305-750X(95)00005-W
Abstract:A study of agroforestry adoption by 3,000 project participants in Siaya and South Nyanza Districts (Kenya), home to the Luo, was carried out in 1988 and 1989. The study supports three hypotheses. 1) Historical increases in tree domestication and management intensity are responses to declining supply of uncultivated tree resources, increased subsistence and commercial demand for tree products, and perceived risks of ecological degradation. Adoption of agroforestry is most likely where consistent with economic incentives for land use change. 2) High variability in individual farmers' treegrowing strategies reflects differences in resources and livelihood strategies, and household-level returns to agroforestry relative to alternative options for meeting specific objectives. 3) Farmers reduce risks associated with new agroforestry practices through incremental adoption and adaptation, and cost and risk-reducing modifications in technology design. Bibliogr., note, sum.
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