Malawi’s Energy Needs and Agroforestry

Adoption Potential of Woodlots

Gregory G. Toth, P. K. Ramachandran Nair, Michael Gregory Jacobson, Yekti Widyaningsih, Colm P. Duffy

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Abstract

Rapid urbanization and population growth have resulted in increasing demand for fuelwood and higher rates of deforestation in Malawi. Agroforestry fuelwood technology (AFT) offers a sustainable approach to addressing this problem. Adoption levels, however, remain low due to several factors. This study explores the influence and interactions among these factors based on analyses of data collected from a large-scale extension effort using binary regression and interaction tests. The results show AFT adoption throughout the country is influenced positively by factors such as farming groups and education; further, labor availability and landholdings are important in the relatively less fertile South. While increased levels of individual income were found to mediate positive influences on adoption, environmental governance was found to moderate negative influences. Based on our results, we suggest closer monitoring of lead farmers, targeted training, promotion of environmental governance, and increased emphasis on due diligence during extension planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)735-746
Number of pages12
JournalHuman Ecology
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

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agroforestry
energy
governance
technology adoption
landholding
Malawi
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population growth
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urbanization
farmer
promotion
labor
income
education
monitoring
regression
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology
  • Anthropology
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Toth, G. G., Ramachandran Nair, P. K., Jacobson, M. G., Widyaningsih, Y., & Duffy, C. P. (2017). Malawi’s Energy Needs and Agroforestry: Adoption Potential of Woodlots. Human Ecology, 45(6), 735-746. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-017-9944-z
Toth, Gregory G. ; Ramachandran Nair, P. K. ; Jacobson, Michael Gregory ; Widyaningsih, Yekti ; Duffy, Colm P. / Malawi’s Energy Needs and Agroforestry : Adoption Potential of Woodlots. In: Human Ecology. 2017 ; Vol. 45, No. 6. pp. 735-746.
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