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Targeting recommendations for small farmers: the role of economic factors in Zimbabwe and Swaziland

Author: Low, A.R.C.
Author: Makombe, G.
Year: 1989
ISSN: ISSN: 0187-828X
Abstract: Natural conditions and major resource differences such as farm size are commonly used in on-farm research to define homogeneous 'recommendation domains' within which new technologies are tested. Successful trial results within these domains may not necessarily imply uniform acceptance across farmers, because an array of socio-economic factors influences the extent of the benefits accruing to individual farmers. Analysis of on-farm trial results from Zimbabwe and Swaziland is used to show that variations in the socio-economic circumstances of small farmers operating in similar natural environments substantially alter the benefits of new technologies across farmers in these domains. These findings have implications for how extension messages are developed and delivered.
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Language: English
Publisher: CIMMYT
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Type: Article
Country focus: Zimbabwe
Country focus: Swaziland
Region: Southern Africa
Pages: 22-26
Issue: 4
Keywords: Natural Conditions
Keywords: Major Resource Differences
Agrovoc: FARM SIZE
Journal: Farming Systems Bulletin Eastern and Southern Africa

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