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Mutambara and Mumaniki

Greener Journal of  Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (8), pp. 637-643, August 2013.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 © 2011 Greener Journals

Research Paper

Manuscript Number:061213668

 

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


Abstract:

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.

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