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Type Journal Article - Journal of Sustainable Development
Title Determinants of Households’ Land Allocation for Crop Production in Uganda
Volume 9
Issue 5
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 229-246
URL http://www.ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/jsd/article/viewFile/63307/34073
Using UNHS 2005/6 and 2009/10 data, we examined various cropping and land allocations patterns practiced by
farming households in Uganda, and their implications on government plan of prioritizing some crops for
expansion and zoning. On average, households were observed to cultivate 1.7 ha despite having ownership right
to 1.58 ha. A decrease in total cultivated area across all the twelve sub-regions was observed between 2005 and
2009. Over time, only the proportions of land allocation to sweet potato and bean are increasing. Fractional
multinomial logit model estimates showed that significant factors that influence share of land allocated to crops
include household location within sub-regions, size of cultivated land, distance to output markets and education
levels of household head. Efforts to commercialize agriculture through prioritized expansion and zoning of
certain crops should also target breaking the current culture of diversified cropping patterns on small sizes of

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