Uptake of Soil and Water Conservation Technologies in West Africa: A Case Study of the Office de la Haute Vallée du Niger (OHVN) in Mali uri icon


  • This report provides a descriptive analysis of the uptake of Soil and Water Conservation(S&WC) technologies based on a survey undertaken in a degraded area of Mali, the Office dela Haute Valeé du Niger (OHVN). A total of 531 rural households were interviewed from 26villages, with the objective of characterizing, identifying and evaluating potential environmental,socioeconomic, institutional and technological constraints to uptake of S&WC technologies,comparing users and nonusers of the technologies at the village, household and plot levels. Thestudy revealed that 40% of the households were using S&WC technologies in the OHVN zone.A range of factors such as endowments in livelihood assets and transforming structures suchas markets and institutions, access to roads, suitability of soil for cotton, prevalence of inputproduct markets, access to fertilizers on credit and others were the drivers of uptake. Adoptionwas concentrated in the southern part of the OHVN zone, where OHVN?s Natural ResourceManagement Program had been involved in disseminating technologies. At the household level,users of S&WC technologies were found to have more livelihood assets than nonusers. Mostfarmers reported high productivity gains ranging from 20% to 60% from these technologies.Overall, 75% of the user households were reported to have accumulated more assets and becomemore food secure

publication date

  • 2008