Community response to the introduction of new Agroforestry Technologies in the Lwiimba Resettlement Scheme of Chongwe District, zambia

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Bwalya, Mikala Sikaaze
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The purpose of this study was to assess the response of farmers in the Lwiimba Resettlement Scheme to the introduction of three agroforestry technologies namely improved fallow, contour vegetation bands and fodder banks. The study involved a field survey in which all the 55 farming households including the agricultural extension officer in the resettlement scheme were interviewed. Informal discussions were also held with relevant authorities and, secondary data search provided additional information. The study revealed that farmers in the resettlement scheme recognise the value and potential of the three agroforestry technologies introduced in improving their agricultural production. About 60% of the farmers have tried to implement at least one of the three agroforestry technologies that were studied. Improved fallow attracted the highest adoptions while fodder banks registered the least. Adoptions were found to be a function of several factors of which farm size, experience and awareness were found to have significant influence. Improved crop yields, control of both soil erosion and animal movement were reported among the benefits experienced by adopting farmers. Based on the findings of the study, it was concluded that LRS farmers responded positively to the introduction of agroforestry techniques, since over half (60%) have attempted one or more of the techniques studied. The adoptions could be increased and maintained by attending to the need for expert training on the propagation of tree nurseries. Organisational structures, also, have to be put in place to ensure that the techniques adopted continue being practised after the funding of the project ends.
Agroforestry -- Zambia