Farmers’ intentions to adopt Triple S for sweetpotato seed conservation

Mayanja, Sarah, Mwende Mutiso, Janet, Kwikiriza, Norman, Okello, Julius, Hareau, Guy and Ssekandi, Joseph (2024) Farmers’ intentions to adopt Triple S for sweetpotato seed conservation. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 22 (1). ISSN 1473-5903

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In Uganda, farmers in arid and semi-arid areas lack sweetpotato seed after dry spells. This constrains the crop’s potential to contribute to food security. Triple S (sand, storage, sprouting) is a root-based technology addressing seed scarcity. Despite the technology’s efficacy, a systematic assessment of its demand has not been done. A study was undertaken to assess how Knowledge, Attitudes, Norms and Perceptions influence farmers uptake of the Triple S, using a structured questionnaire with 255 farmers stratified into users (n = 132) and non-users (n = 123). Sex-disaggregated focus groups were conducted with 40 farmers. The Theory of Planned Behavior and Technology Adoption Model were used to test hypotheses on Triple S adoption. Perceived Behavior Control, Perceived Usefulness and Knowledge positively predicted Behavior Intention (BI) only for non-users, while Attitude, Subjective Norms and Agency predicted BI for users. Gender Norms negatively influenced Agency for both groups. Gender-responsive adoption strategies may enhance technology uptake.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: This research was undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) and supported by CGIAR Trust Fund contributors
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 2 - zero hunger ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/zero_hunger
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural and Experimental Development Economics
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2024 11:30
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2024 00:07
DOI: 10.1080/14735903.2024.2329389


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