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Title: Homegardens as a Source of Income for Rural Households—A Case Study of Bieha District, Southern Burkina Faso
Authors: Emmanuel Acheampong
Guuroh, Reginald Tang
Holm, Uibrig
Keywords: livelihood
population growth
land fragmentation
Agroforestry
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology
Citation: Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology B 2 (2012) 798-813
Abstract: This exploratory research studied the contribution of homegardens to household income generation. In Burkina Faso, the Bieha department was purposively selected. The initial rapid rural appraisal was complemented by a household survey. Tools of data collection included observation, key informant interview, and focus group discussion. For the survey, eighty households were selected based on systematic sampling. Data was collected by individual interviews at household level, and for statistical calculations, the households were subsequently categorized as small, medium and commercial based on their homegarden size. It was found that all the surveyed households managed homegardens composed of trees, crops and animals. Majority of the farmers (43%) belonged to the small category due to land constraints. Generally, farms contributed more income than the plant component of homegardens. However, when the livestock component of homegardens was added, homegardens became far more important than farms and accounted for over 60% of income generation for all categories. It can be concluded that homegardens are important to rural people for food and cash income.
Description: This Article was published by Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology B 2 (2012) 798-813
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/9850
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