Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 487

Full Length Research Paper

Use of climate-smart agriculture practices and smallholder farmer market participation in Central Malawi

Mirriam Matita
  • Mirriam Matita
  • Department of Extension, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lilongwe, Malawi. 2Department of Economics, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi.
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Ephraim Wadonda Chirwa
  • Ephraim Wadonda Chirwa
  • Department of Economics, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi.
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David Eddings Zingwe
  • David Eddings Zingwe
  • Department of Economics, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi.
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Jacob Mazalale
  • Jacob Mazalale
  • Department of Economics, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi.
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  •  Received: 21 January 2022
  •  Accepted: 31 May 2022
  •  Published: 30 September 2022

Abstract

In the past few decades, climate-smart agriculture (CSA) has been promoted to improve food security and raise incomes as a strategy for sustainable agricultural development. The adoption rates among smallholder farmers, particularly in Africa, remain low and have varied in different contexts. This study investigated the market participation spillover effects from the adoption of CSA practices in central Malawi using the control function approach to address any endogeneity in the relationship. The hypothesis that the extent of the use of CSA practices in the past 10 years can lead to production surpluses that enable smallholder farmers to participate in markets and thereby increase in agricultural incomes was tested. Using survey data from 470 households in two districts of rural Malawi, a clear positive association between the number of CSA practices used and the extent of market participation was found. The findings suggest, among others, the need to intensify efforts to promote CSA adoption specifically over a longer period for benefits of the technologies to materialise. The adoption of CSA practices over time enhances crop market participation, an important aspect required for production sustainability as well as for transforming agriculture towards greater market orientation among smallholder farmers.

Key words: Climate-smart agriculture, adoption, market participation, spillover effects, Malawi.