Factors affecting smallholder uptake of adaptation and coping measures to deal with rainfall variability

SND-ID: 2021-268

Description Data and documentation

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Ylva Nyberg - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology orcid

Description

Rainfall variability is becoming more profound in East Africa. Smallholders relying on rainfed agriculture are particularly affected and need to adapt their farming systems accordingly. This study examined the measures small-scale farmers use to adapt to, or cope with rainfall variability, their rated perceived effectiveness. It also explored limitations to uptake of measures and sources of learning measures. Questionnaire-based interviews were held with 80 smallholder farmers, both female and male, living in Kisumu and Trans Nzoia counties in Kenya who had/did not have access to regular advisory services (denoted trained and non-trained farmers). Trained farmers used more and better adaptation measures in more effective ways than non-trained farmers. Female farmers felt more limited by lack of knowledge than male farmers, while money, land and labour limited the smallholder farmers equally. Few measures were used to overcome limitations, but several limitations were covered within the advisory package used for trained farmers, and therefore large differences were seen not only in numbers of m

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Language

English

Research principal, contributors, and funding

Funding

  • Funding agency: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • Funding agency's reference number: 220-2009-2073
Protection and ethical review

Data contains personal data

Yes

Type of personal data

Names

Method

Unit of analysis

Population

Smallscale farmers

Sampling procedure

Non-probability
There were clear criteria being used for selecting individuals regarding gender, access to agricultural extension and geographical area.

Time period(s) investigated

2010-11-01–2011-03-01

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Kenya

Geographic description: Kisumu and Trans Nzoia Counties

Topic and keywords

Research area

Environment and conservation, Plants and animals (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Agricultural Science, Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)
Farming, Climatology / Meteorology / Atmosphere (INSPIRE topic categories)

Publications

Nyberg, Y., Wetterlind, J., Jonsson, M., & Öborn, I. (2021). Factors affecting smallholder adoption of adaptation and coping measures to deal with rainfall variability. In International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability (Vol. 19, pp. 175–198). https://doi.org/10.1080/14735903.2021.1895574
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14735903.2021.1895574

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Dataset
Data on factors affecting smallholder uptake of adaptation and coping measures to deal with rainfall variability

Description

Structured questionnaire-based interviews on the use of management measures were
held individually with 80 smallholder farmers as a continuation of an earlier study on awareness of the same measures. This quantitative approach (e.g. including counts and scores) enabled the study to be broader, involving a greater number of farmers, and also enhancing the generalization of the results. The study was designed to test for differences between farmers regarding regular or sporadic access to advisory

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Data format / data structure

Numeric

Text

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Ylva Nyberg - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Crop Production Ecology orcid

Variables

265

Response rate/participation rate

100

One criterion for answering was that they wanted to be involved in teh study, which meant that all 80 interviews were finalized.

Published: 2021-10-21