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Can Agroecology Provide a Panacea for Sustaining the Adoption of Soil Erosion Control Measures? A Case of Smallholder Coffea arabica Production in the Rwenzori Mountain Region Uganda

Version 1 : Received: 14 August 2022 / Approved: 18 August 2022 / Online: 18 August 2022 (10:03:28 CEST)

How to cite: Tibasiima, T.K.; Ekyaligonza, D.M.; Bwambale, B. Can Agroecology Provide a Panacea for Sustaining the Adoption of Soil Erosion Control Measures? A Case of Smallholder Coffea arabica Production in the Rwenzori Mountain Region Uganda. Preprints 2022, 2022080336 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0336.v1). Tibasiima, T.K.; Ekyaligonza, D.M.; Bwambale, B. Can Agroecology Provide a Panacea for Sustaining the Adoption of Soil Erosion Control Measures? A Case of Smallholder Coffea arabica Production in the Rwenzori Mountain Region Uganda. Preprints 2022, 2022080336 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0336.v1).

Abstract

Agroecological approaches are increasingly recommended for providing context-specific and sustainable solutions to issues confronting farming communities by enabling consorting the socioeconomic and ecological constraints on the farm. This study is the first attempt to test this argument based on the issue with sustaining adoption of soil erosion control measures among smallholder farmers producing Coffea arabica on the Rwenzori Mountain in Uganda. Here, the adoption of soil erosion control measures remains a challenge despite the increasing efforts through conventional agricultural advisory services in local governments. We contrast the elements of agroecology with the local discourses to identify if it would provide a panacea for sustaining adoption of soil erosion control measures. Results indicate that the agroecology elements harmonize with the local discourses on soil erosion control adoption in contrast to the conventional approach promoted through the agricultural advisory services. Drawing conclusions on the implication of this finding, we argue that, indeed, consideration of the agroecology elements at all stages in the process of soil erosion control would foster sustained adoption of soil erosion control measures.

Keywords

agroecological farming; discourse analysis; mountain conservation; sustainable adoption

Subject

SOCIAL SCIENCES, Other

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