Perception of farmers and agricultural professionals on changes in productivity and water resources in Ethiopia

D. Mojo, Y. Todo, P. Matous

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Abstract

In this paper, perceptions of actors on changes in crop productivity, quantity and quality of water, and determinants of their perception are analyzed using descriptive statistics and ordered logit model. Data collected from 297 Ethiopian farmers and 103 agricultural professionals from December 2009 to January 2010 are employed. Results show that the majority of the farmers and professionals recognized decline in water resources, reasoning climate changes and soil erosion as some of the causes. However, there is a variation in views on changes in productivity. The household asset, education level, age and geographical positions are found to affect farmers' perception on changes in crop productivity. But, the study underlines that there is no evidence that farmers' economic status, age, or education level affects recognition of degradation of water resources. Thus, more focus shall be given on providing them different coping mechanisms and alternative resource conserving technologies than educating about the problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-903
Number of pages9
JournalWorld Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Volume66
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 1

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Keywords

  • Agricultural sustainability
  • Ethiopia
  • Perception
  • Productivity
  • Water resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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