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Adoption of Multiple Sustainable Land Management Practices among Irrigator Rural Farm Households of Ethiopia
  • Rahel Deribe Bekele,
  • Alisher Mirzabaev,
  • Dawit Mekonnen
Rahel Deribe Bekele
University of Bonn, Center for Development Research
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Alisher Mirzabaev
University of Bonn
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Dawit Mekonnen
International Food Policy Research Institute
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Abstract

Using a household and plot-level survey conducted in 2016/17 in ten districts of Ethiopia, this study explores whether there is a difference in farmers’ adoption of sustainable land management (SLM) practices between their rainfed and irrigated plots. The paper also investigates the varying influence of different types of irrigation water management systems and associated irrigation technologies on the adoption of SLM practices in irrigated plots. Our findings show only a small difference in the average number of SLM practices between rainfed and irrigated plots, even though significant differences are observed between many of the practices applied individually among these plots. The econometric estimation shows that the role of the combined effect of irrigation water management system and irrigation technology on adoption of SLM practices is quite varied and very significant. The evidence highlights that farmers adopt more SLM practices in their plots with pump irrigation compared to those plots where gravity irrigation is applied. This finding implies that pump irrigation systems enhance complementarities with SLM practices. Furthermore, the results indicate that the type of irrigation water management and the technology applied could play an important role in restoring degraded lands and maintaining soil fertility, even when farmers’ adoption of irrigation were not explicitly triggered by concerns for soil health.

Peer review status:IN REVISION

15 Feb 2021Submitted to Land Degradation & Development
17 Feb 2021Submission Checks Completed
17 Feb 2021Assigned to Editor
18 Feb 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
04 Mar 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
08 Mar 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Major
06 May 20211st Revision Received
08 May 2021Submission Checks Completed
08 May 2021Assigned to Editor
01 Jun 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
08 Jun 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Major