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Socioeconomic Indicators of Bamboo Use for Agroforestry Development in the Dry Semi-Deciduous Forest Zone of Ghana

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Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, 53113 Bonn, Germany
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International Bamboo and Rattan Organization (INBAR), PMB, Fumesua, 00233 Kumasi, Ghana
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International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), BP 320 Bamako, Mali
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Department of Southern Swedish Forest Research Center, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 23053 Alnarp, Sweden
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Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2324; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072324
Received: 30 May 2018 / Revised: 18 June 2018 / Accepted: 26 June 2018 / Published: 5 July 2018
Bamboo agroforestry is currently being promoted in Ghana as a viable land use option to reduce dependence on natural forest for wood fuels. To align the design and introduction of bamboo agroforestry to the needs of farmers, information on the determinants of bamboo acceptability and adoption is necessary. It is, therefore, the aim of this study to determine how socioeconomic factors, local farming practices and local knowledge on bamboo may influence its acceptability and adoption as a component of local farming systems. Data were collected from 200 farmers in the dry semi-deciduous forest zone of Ghana using semi-structured questionnaire interviews. The results show that farmers’ traditional knowledge on bamboo including its use for charcoal production and leaves for fodder are influential determinants of bamboo adoption. Among the demographic characteristics of farmers, age and gender are the most significant predictors. It is also evident that the regular practice of leaving trees on farmlands and type of cropping system may influence bamboo integration into traditional farming systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: adoption; land-use; deforestation; food security; renewable energy adoption; land-use; deforestation; food security; renewable energy
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Akoto, D.S.; Denich, M.; Partey, S.T.; Frith, O.; Kwaku, M.; Mensah, A.A.; Borgemeister, C. Socioeconomic Indicators of Bamboo Use for Agroforestry Development in the Dry Semi-Deciduous Forest Zone of Ghana. Sustainability 2018, 10, 2324.

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