Adoption potential of conservation agriculture practices in Sub-Saharan Africa: Results from five case studies

Ndah Hycenth Tim, Schuler Johannes, Uthes Sandra, Zander Peter, Traoré Karim, Gama Mphatso-S, Nyagumbo Isaiah, Triomphe Bernard, Sieber Stefan, Corbeels Marc. 2014. Adoption potential of conservation agriculture practices in Sub-Saharan Africa: Results from five case studies. Environmental Management, 53 (3) : pp. 620-635.

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Abstract : Despite the reported benefits of conservation agriculture (CA), its wider up-scaling in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has remained fairly limited. This paper shows how a newly developed qualitative expert assessment approach for CA adoption (QAToCA) was applied to determine its adoption potential in SSA. CA adoption potential is not a predictor of observed adoption rates. Instead, our aim was to systematically check relevant factors that may be influencing its adoption. QAToCA delivers an assessment of how suitable conditions "and thus the likelihood for CA adoption" are. Results show that the high CA adoption potentials exhibited by the Malawi and Zambia case relate mostly to positive institutional factors. On the other hand, the low adoption potential of the Zimbabwe case, in spite of observed higher estimates, is attributed mainly to unstable and less secured market conditions for CA. In the case of Southern Burkina Faso, the potential for CA adoption is determined to be high, and this assessment deviates from lower observed figures. This is attributed mainly to strong competition of CA and livestock for residues in this region. Lastly, the high adoption potential found in Northern Burkina Faso is explained mainly by the fact that farmers here have no alternative other than to adopt the locally adapted CA system-Zaï farming. Results of this assessment should help promoters of CA in the given regions to reflect on their activities and to eventually adjust or redesign them based on a more explicit understanding of where problems and opportunities are found. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : agriculture alternative, Adoption de l'innovation, Étude de cas, Système de culture, Méthode d'élevage

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Afrique au sud du Sahara, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Zambie

Mots-clés complémentaires : Agriculture de conservation

Classification Agris : E14 - Development economics and policies
F08 - Cropping patterns and systems
L01 - Animal husbandry

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Ndah Hycenth Tim, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (DEU)
  • Schuler Johannes, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (DEU)
  • Uthes Sandra, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (DEU)
  • Zander Peter, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (DEU)
  • Traoré Karim, INERA (BFA)
  • Gama Mphatso-S, Ministry of Natural Resources (Malawi) (MWI)
  • Nyagumbo Isaiah, CIMMYT (ZWE)
  • Triomphe Bernard, CIRAD-ES-UMR INNOVATION (FRA)
  • Sieber Stefan, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (DEU)
  • Corbeels Marc, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR SCA (BRA)

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