Farmers’ perception on soil erosion in Ghana: Implication for developing sustainable soil management strategy

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dc.contributor.author Tesfahunegn, G.B.
dc.contributor.author Ayuk, E.T.
dc.contributor.author Adiku, S.G.K.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-28T14:35:08Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-28T14:35:08Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation https://doi.org/10.1371/journal. pone.0242444 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/36272
dc.description Research Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Farmers’ perception on soil erosion has not adequately reported in the conditions of Ghana though its causes and effects are time and site-specific. The objective of this study was to assess farmers’ perception on soil erosion and implication for developing soil management strategy in the Eastern and Northern Regions of Ghana. A total of 130 household head farmers were interviewed and complemented with field observation and group. Data was analyzed using descriptive, chi-square test, T-test and binary logistic regression. The results show that there was significant variation in socioeconomic, farm and institutional attributes among the farmers‘in the study regions. In the Eastern and Northern Regions, significantly higher proportions of the farmers (95.7% and 86.7%, respectively) perceived soil erosion as serious problem. Significantly higher proportions of the respondents (80%) perceived severe erosion problem at homestead land in the Eastern Region whereas severe erosion in the Northern Region was more noticed at distance farmlands (85.0%). In the two regions, the major causes of severe erosion as perceived by most farmers were over-cultivation, deforestation and heavy rainfall events. In the Eastern and Northern Regions, 58.6% and 75.0% of the farmers perceived, respectively, that soil erosion severity has been increased since the past 10-years. Perceptions of most frequently noted indicators of soil erosion were declined productivity, shallow soil depth, presence of rills, sheet erosion, soil loss from farmland, and change in soil color. Results of the binary logistic regression indicate that there is heterogeneity in the factors accounting for the perception of soil fertility. In developing promising soil management strategy in the study area, attention must be given to key socioeconomic, biophysical, farm and institutional factors. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher PLoS ONE en_US
dc.subject Farmers’ perception en_US
dc.subject soil erosion en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.title Farmers’ perception on soil erosion in Ghana: Implication for developing sustainable soil management strategy en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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