Farmers' perceptions and attitudes towards introduced soil-fertility enhancing technologies in western Africa uri icon

abstract

  • Soil fertility enhancing technologies (SFETs) have been promoted in the West African Semi-Arid Tropics(WASAT) for many years with limited success. Using a qualitative approach of focus group discussions, long, openendedinterviews and observations from field visits, this paper explores with farmers their beliefs and rationalesbehind the adoption or non-adoption of SFETs. Farmers are knowledgeable about, and practise SFETs of rockphosphate application, crop residue and farm yard manure, chemical fertilizer and crop rotation to combat soilfertility decline. Their attitudes to and rationales behind adoption decisions are influenced by the availabilityand use policies of land and labour resources, food security concerns, perceived profitability, contribution tosustainability and access to information. Some of the factors are beyond farmers? control and require a broadand integrated effort from research, extension and government to promote the use of the SFETs in the region

publication date

  • 1999
  • 1999