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dc.contributor.authorDalton, T.J.
dc.contributor.authorYahaya, I.
dc.contributor.authorNaab, J.
dc.coverage.spatialNorthwestern Ghana
dc.coverage.spatialSub-Saharan Africa
dc.coverage.spatialWest Africa
dc.identifier.citationAgriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 187: 65-71
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dc.description.abstractConservation agriculture (CA) has been introduced to Ghana as a means to mitigate erosion while increasing yields, yet adoption remains low. This paper seeks to determine whether farmer knowledge or farm economics limits adoption of CA. To do so, the researchers compared knowledge evolution of farmers that attended a farmer field school, and those that did not. A baseline survey to evaluate farmer perception and knowledge of CA was conducted before implementation of the farmer field school project. Farmers could choose to participate in farmer field schools and on-farm adaptation studies. After two years, a second survey was conducted to compare the evolution of CA knowledge and perceptions of participating and non-participating farmers. Partial on-farm budgets were developed with participating farmers to compare the roles of economics and knowledge in influencing adoption. The authors conclude that farmer training and farmer-to-farmer communication are effective for CA knowledge diffusion.
dc.subjectParticipatory processes
dc.subjectConservation agriculture
dc.subjectFarmer field schools
dc.subjectAdult education
dc.subjectExperiential learning
dc.subjectConservation tillage
dc.subjectAdoption of innovations
dc.subjectFarm/Enterprise Scale
dc.titlePerceptions and performance of conservation agriculture practices in northwestern Ghana
dc.description.notesLTRA-8 (Improving soil quality and crop productivity through CAPS in West Africa)

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