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Next CGIAR Kampala research seminar

2014 April 30
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photo credit: Sarah McCans

photo credit: Sarah McCans

We are pleased to invite you to the next CGIAR-Uganda Research-seminar at IITA/IFPRI, Naguru East Road plot 15, Kampala on Wednesday 7nd of May from 14.00 to 15.00 PM

Influence of the diversity in farms growing coffee on the use of recommended coffee management practices in Uganda

By

Ghislaine Bongers, associate professional officer, IITA


Abstract

Many smallholder farm systems in Uganda produce coffee as an important cash crop. Yet coffee yields are poor. To increase farmers' production, a range of agronomic practices have been recommended by national and international agencies, but the adoption potential of recommendations differ between farm systems. To understand the differences in adoption potential of recommended coffee management practices in Uganda, we provide a typology of farm systems with coffee, assess the diversity between the farm types, and evaluate the current use of existing management recommendations for each farm type. Through factor analysis and cluster analysis of farms producing coffee, we identified five farm types: large coffee farms, farms with off-farm activities, coffee-dependent farms, diversified farms, and banana-coffee farms. The farm types are based on differences in size, and in the relative contributions of coffee, banana and off-farm labour to total household income. They also differ in the availability of the resources labour, land and cash, in coffee production and revenue, and in current use of most recommended practices. Qualitative analysis indicates that farm types have different constraints and opportunities to adopt recommendations. Our results highlight that an analysis of different farm systems with coffee production, a level beyond the 'coffee farmer community' as a homogenous entity, is important in order to understand the scope for success or failure of recommended practices.

Please note that the *next* CGIAR-Uganda Research- seminar will be on Wednesday June 4rd, 2014, 14.00 PM.

If you are interested to present at a CGIAR-Uganda Research-seminar, please let us know!

CGIAR-Kampala research seminars take place every first wednesday of the month between 2 and 3 pm. They are born out of the desire of a group of researchers to discuss their research in depth to peers, as opposed to presenting summaries and policy recommendations in our daily outreach to policy makers. As such, potential presenters should not shy away from more technical issues that they want comments and feedback on.

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