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Attempts to implement home garden programmes in South Africa often fail to improve food security of the poor due to water scarcity. Rainwater harvesting technology could help, but what is needed for it to be adopted?

TitleDeterminants of rainwater harvesting technology (RWHT) adoption for home gardening in Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsBaiyegunhi, LJS
Secondary TitleWater SA
Date Published01/2015
Publication LanguageEnglish
Keywordsadoption, extension agents, garden watering, gender, rainwater harvesting, surveys

Home gardening is extremely important for resource-poor households that have limited access to production inputs. However, in South Africa attempts to implement home garden programmes often fail to improve food security of the poor due to water scarcity. Rainwater harvesting technology (RWHT) has been used to supplement the conventional water supply systems, but its potential has not been fully exploited. An understanding of the factors influencing the adoption of improved technologies is therefore critical to successful implementation of agricultural development programmes. This study evaluated the determinants of farmers' decisions to adopt rainwater harvesting technology (RWHT) in rural Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, using a binary logistic regression model based on a household survey of 180 rural home gardeners. The result of the logistic regression model showed that gender, age, education, income, social capital, contact with extension agent and perception/attitude towards RWHT are statistically significant in explaining farmers' adoption of RWHT in the study area. Implications for agricultural and rural development policy were discussed. (author abstract)


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