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USSEC’s McNair is Published in Journal of Agricultural Science

USSEC Stakeholders Relations Manager Will McNair had an article published in the December 15 issue of Journal of Agricultural Science.
“Conservation Agriculture and Household Wellbeing: A Non-Causal Comparison among Smallholder Farmers in Mozambique” was written by Mr. McNair and co-authors Dr. Dayton Lambert, Associate Professor of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Dr. Neal Eash, professor of soil science, both of the University of Tennessee.
The article’s research examined the relationship between household wellbeing and the use of conservation agriculture (CA) by smallholder farmers in Mozambique.  Wellbeing indicators are regressed on household demographic attributes, farm management practices, and a variable indicating farmer adoption of CA.  The findings suggest that households using CA have higher wellbeing index scores related to farm tool and implement ownership and housing material quality, but lower index scores related to livestock ownership.  Additionally, the findings present an encouraging baseline picture of the association between the use of CA technologies by farmers in Mozambique and household wellbeing.
This study contributes to CA research and its association with socioeconomic status by determining the extent to which household wellbeing is correlated with the use of CA.
Journal of Agricultural Science is an international, double-blind peer-reviewed, open-access journal, published by the Canadian Center of Science and Education.  It publishes original research, applied, and educational articles monthly in all areas of agricultural science.  The journal is published in both print and online versions.
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