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This study investigates the impact of poverty, social capital and land tenure on theadoption of soil fertility management (SFM) and conservation technologies inUganda. Considering four land management technologies (fallowing, terracing andinorganic and organic fertilizers), the study estimates a multinomial logit model tolink farmers’ characteristics to the choice of technologies. The findings show thatinvestments in land management are driven by factors such as land tenure security,level of poverty and participation in community organizations (social capital), and,most importantly, that household level poverty reduces the probability of adoption ofmost of the technologies, while social capital and land tenure security increase it. Thefindings suggest that more efficient government efforts to reduce poverty wouldenhance the adoption of SFM technologies. Other policies that would enhance theadoption of sustainable land management practices are infrastructure development,tenure security through a more efficient system of land registration, and investment inand use of social capital institutions.

Keywords: poverty ; social capital ; property rights ; soil fertility management ; Uganda

Subject(s): Food Security and Poverty

Land Economics/Use

Issue Date: 2010-03

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/93881 Published in: African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Volume 04, Number 1 Page range: 48-69

Total Pages: 22

Record appears in: African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) > African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Autor: Birungi, Patrick ; Hassan, Rashid M.

Fuente: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/93881?ln=en

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