African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6844

Article in Press

Determinants of Crop Land Management Practices: The Case of North Gondar Zone, North West Ethiopia

Yenesew Sewnet, Birhanu Melese, Abebe Dagnaw, Daniel Tadesse

  •  Received: 16 July 2018
  •  Accepted: 05 September 2018
Land management problems like soil erosion; overgrazing and deforestation have steadily increased in Ethiopia including the study area North Gonda Zone. Thus, the main objective of this study is to assess the determinants of crop land management practices in north Gondar zone. Both qualitative and quantitative types of data were collected from primary and secondary sources. In this study, the combinations of multi-stage purposive and simple random sampling technique were employed to select sample districts, sample kebeles and household heads. Ultimately, a total of 120 household heads were selected through systematic random sampling techniques. To analyze the determinants of land management practices multinomial logit model was used. The findings of this study indicated that from the total variables included in the model only six variables are found to significantly affect the choice of crop land management strategies. The significant variables include age of the household head, education level, access to mass media, amount of income, farm distance and the frequency of extension contact. Thus, any concerned bodies should strengthen rural households’ mass media coverage and advisory services.

Keywords: Determinant, crop land management, North Gondar, Ethiopia.