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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 288; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020288

Factors Influencing Farmers’ Adoption of Soil and Water Control Technology (SWCT) in Keita Valley, a Semi-Arid Area of Niger

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Land Resources Management, Faculty of Public Administration, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan 430074, China
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Geography, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, Abdoumoumouni University, PO Box 418, Niamey, Niger
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Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 26 December 2017 / Accepted: 27 December 2017 / Published: 24 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Land Uses and Rural Governance)
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The Ader Doutchi Maggia in Niger, as with other Sahelian zones, undergoes a process of climatic deterioration, which combines with the growing social and economic needs of the increasing population and causes a general economic crisis. Land degradation due to biophysical factors requires that priority action is given to land reclamation and soil conservation and to activities intended to increase agricultural production. This paper takes a look at socio-economic and established factors affecting the adoption of soil and water control technology (SWCT) in Keita valley, a semi-arid area in the central of Niger. Well-designed questionnaire survey on key agents was used to gather the indispensable data from farm ménages. The binary dichotomous logistic regression model prognosticated six factors to be affecting the adoption of soil and water control technology in Keita. These variables cover the gender of the respondent, age of the household’s head, income evolution within the family, small craft referring to off farm income, training provides by local institutions, use of credit and, possession of full rights on land and its resources. The results revealed that diffusion of adoption from local organized community is a good alternative to increase the adoption of soil and water control technology in Keita valley agriculture system in Niger. Researchers and policy makers should conceive proper strategies and agenda reflecting the farmers’ interest, position and restriction in advocating new technologies for greater assumption and adoption by the farmers. View Full-Text
Keywords: acceptance; conservation technology; Keita valley; logistic regression; degradation acceptance; conservation technology; Keita valley; logistic regression; degradation
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Karidjo, B.Y.; Wang, Z.; Boubacar, Y.; Wei, C. Factors Influencing Farmers’ Adoption of Soil and Water Control Technology (SWCT) in Keita Valley, a Semi-Arid Area of Niger. Sustainability 2018, 10, 288.

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