Factors Influencing the Adoption of Mucuna Pruriens as a Land Conservation Strategy, Evidence from Northern Ghana

Type Journal Article - Journal of Science, Technology and Environment
Title Factors Influencing the Adoption of Mucuna Pruriens as a Land Conservation Strategy, Evidence from Northern Ghana
Volume 4
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
Page numbers 1-11
URL http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Godfred_Jasaw/publication/262166463_Factors_Influencing_the_Adop​tion_of_Mucuna_Pruriens_as_a_Land_Conservation_Strategy_Evidence_From_Northern_Ghana/links/0deec536c​baf3cf8b3000000.pdf
In Ghana, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) in collaboration with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced Mucuna pruriens (velvet beans) to farmers to help arrest degrading soils low in fertility and prone to erosion and leaching during seasons of floods. Researchers on the Climate and Ecosystem Change adaptation Research Project in Africa (CECAR-Africa) undertook an assessment of farmers’ adoption of Mucuna pruriens in six communities in Wa West District (a predominantly flooded area from the Black Volta River). The study soughtto(i) investigate the driving forces behind the adoption of the Mucuna pruriens amongst the small-holder farmers in selected villages with an emphasis on land access;(ii) assess farmers’ perceived attribute of the innovation and correlate that to their behavior towards adoption (iii) analyze the relationship between the perceived attributes of Mucuna technology and adoption of Mucuna innovation in particular. Sixty four (64) respondents composed of 32 Mucunapruriens adopters and 32 non-adopters were purposively sampled for individual interviews. Focus group discussions were also conducted with both sets of farmers. The findings reveal a positive correlation between land tenure arrangements and the level of Mucuna adoption but of mixed significance in all the study villages. All farmers interviewed generally felt a sense of security on the land irrespective of their title and most likely to adopt Mucuna pruriens. Ability to maintain Mucuna plots during annual bushfires was found to be a critical determinant to adoption. The extent to which farmers perceive of the characteristics of the innovation influences their behaviour towards adoption. Study findings are expected to help review the opportunities for Mucuna adoption as a form of capacity building for rural farmers.

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