Soil Conservation Practices and Its Contribution to Food Security in Chencha Woreda, Southern Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa University


This study was aimed to analyze the role of soil conservation practices to household food security in Chencha highlands, Ethiopia. Random sampling procedures were used to obtain three representative kebeles. From three kebeles of chencha woreda a total of 276 respondents were selected by random sampling method based on the proportion of population size. The method of data collection was both primary and secondary data sources. Data analysis was undertaken by using Descriptive and Inferential Statistics like t-test, chi-square test, frequency and percentage. Logistic regression model was employed to analyzed factors affecting food security status of households. Analysis was done using STATA version 22 software. The result indicated that there was a significant difference between adopters and non-adopters in terms of household age, farm size, family size, off-farm income, Calorie per adult equivalent per day. The result also revealed a significant difference between adopters and non-adopters in terms of sex, education, farm slope, extension service, marital status. There was statistically significant difference between secured and insecure in terms socio-economic characteristics such as age, farm size in hectare, farm income, sex education farm slope, access to extension service. Therefore, this study recommends that soil conservation is multidimensional impact worthy of consideration to be incorporated in policy intervention by NGOs or government designed projects Development agents of the woreda or other project officers should give maximum attention to dissemination of information about soil conservation technology at door. Even more, an opportunity of employment has to be created by the regional government as it helps in the battle with food insecurity.



Adoption, Soil Conservation, Food security, logistic model, significant level