Smart subsidies for catchment conservation in Malawi.


Journal Article

Conservation agriculture (CA) is a management paradigm in which soil is covered outside of cropping seasons, minimally disturbed, and recharged with nitrogen-fixing legumes. Finding effective ways to encourage CA is a centuries-old problem playing out acutely today in Sub-Saharan Africa. To better understand this issue, we have collected data on rural livelihoods and CA adoption during a two-year intervention in southern Malawi. The intervention evaluated rates of CA adoption under two different structures of payment and three levels of monitoring. The dataset includes a baseline and endline survey covering 1,900 households, along with surveys conducted with participants opting into the intervention. Baseline and endline questions included modules on farm-level inputs and production at the plot-crop level; plot characteristics; household composition and assets; savings, loans, and other sources of income; neighborhood characteristics; and perceptions regarding CA. Registration questionnaires in the intervention included detailed assessments of recent production in plots being registered to the intervention, and basic information for all other plots; and basic information on household structure and assets.

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Cited Authors

  • Bell, AR; Ward, PS; Mapemba, L; Nyirenda, Z; Msukwa, W; Kenamu, E

Published Date

  • July 3, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 5 /

Start / End Page

  • 180113 -

PubMed ID

  • 29969112

Pubmed Central ID

  • 29969112

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2052-4463

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2052-4463

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/sdata.2018.113


  • eng