Title: Climate-Smart Agriculture, Malawi: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Extension Services on the Adoption of Agroforestry Technologies in Malawi.
The primary research goal of the this Msc CCAFS research is to investigate the effectiveness of the extension services that were provided in the roll out and scale up of CSA technologies (fertiliser trees and fuel-wood trees) that were promoted as part of the Agroforestry Food Security Programme (AFSP) in Malawi between 2007 and 2010.
Since 1990s, these technologies have been strongly promoted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Malawi to increase food security, soil fertility, and assist farmers in their adaptation to climate change (Garrity et al., 2010)
The evaluation and analysis of data gathered on the AFSP will investigate the effectiveness of extension and program delivery to smallholder farmers in Malawi.
To determine whether the extension services available within the AFSP have been effective in enhancing of adoption of the selected CSA agroforestry technologies, a statistical analysis of the data gathered is used. Through the use of regression analysis the research will categorize the influencing factors on the adoption of the selected technologies, and predict the likelihood of their adoption in the future.