Factors influencing farmers' adoption of Kalima bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) variety in Malawi

dc.contributor.authorMasangano, C. M.en
dc.contributor.authorMiles, C. A.en
dc.contributor.departmentSustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (SANREM) Knowledgebaseen
dc.coverage.spatialKasunguen
dc.coverage.spatialMalawien
dc.coverage.temporal1998 - 1998en
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-19T19:20:56Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-19T19:20:56Zen
dc.date.issued2004en
dc.descriptionMetadata only recorden
dc.description.abstractAdoption of appropriate agricultural technologies is a necessary requirement for sustainable agricultural development. This study was conducted to investigate the adoption of Kalima, a new introduced dry bean variety (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), by smallholder farmers in target rural areas in Malawi and to identify the factors that most strongly influenced farmers' willingness to adopt the variety. The main findings of this study were that Kalima was only grown by farmers who had received seed through seed multiplication groups and was not grown by farmers outside of those groups due to unavailability of seed. Farmers' gender, literacy level, and level of education influenced their willingness to adopt Kalima, as did farmers' perceptions of specific bean characteristics such as yield, pest tolerance, pest susceptibility, bean color and cooking time. For adoption to be sustainable, information about a technology should be judicious in order for farmers to form appropriate perceptions. To increase rates of adoption, the information should be delivered in a method suitable for farmers with a low literacy level.en
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dc.identifier2217en
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Sustainable Agriculture 24(2): 117-129en
dc.identifier.issn1044-0046en
dc.identifier.issn1540-7579en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/67216en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherThe Haworth Pressen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2005 by the Haworth Press, Inc.en
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dc.subjectSubtropicsen
dc.subjectGenderen
dc.subjectAdoption of innovationsen
dc.subjectAgricultureen
dc.subjectFarmer perceptionsen
dc.subjectLiteracy levelen
dc.subjectGenderen
dc.subjectEducational levelen
dc.subjectAgricultural information systemsen
dc.subjectBeansen
dc.subjectEconomic factorsen
dc.subjectInnovation specific characteristicsen
dc.subjectField Scaleen
dc.titleFactors influencing farmers' adoption of Kalima bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) variety in Malawien
dc.typeAbstracten
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
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