Mutambara and Mumaniki
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (8), pp. 637-643, August 2013.
ISSN: 2276-7770 © 2011 Greener Journals
Determinants of Agricultural Performance of Supported Vulnerable Households in Zimbabwe
Jackqeline Mutambara* and Charity Mumaniki
University of Zimbabwe, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Box MP 167, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: jmutambara @ agric.uz.ac.zw, jmuzenda @ yahoo.co.uk
The study looked at the determinants of performance of
donated seeds and fertilizers packs in maize production by
HIV and AIDS affected households. Primary data collected by
the researcher and secondary data collected from FAO were
used for analysis. Descriptive statistics and correlation
analysis were tools employed for data analysis in trying to
come out with the determinants of productivity of vulnerable
households who received input donations in the form of maize
seed and fertilizers. From the results, socioeconomic
variables such as access to extension (0.4), level of
education attained by member (0.3), possession of farming
implement [(hoes (0.4) and ploughs (0.4)] and livestock
(0.7) have shown to determine positively and significantly
to the productivity of supported vulnerable families. The
number of chronically ill members of the household had an
inverse (-0.4) relationship to productivity of vulnerable
families. The study thus concludes that targeting on input
packages should focus on well resourced (education,
extension, implements and livestock) HIV and AIDS affected
households while households under severe illnesses should be
targets for humanitarian assistance as they cannot
productively utilize supplied inputs due to demanding
circumstances in the family.
Keywords: Seeds, Fertilizer, Descriptive, Correlation, Education, Extension, Implements, Livestock, Chronically, Ill.