An economic analysis of agroforestry farming systems in Zambia: application of risk programming and risk-free modelling techniques

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Lufumpa, Leyeka
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Joe P. Colletti
Richard C. Schultz
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The forestry major prepares students to apply scientific principles to forests, including management, conservation and restoration of forest ecosystems as well as provision of wood and non-wood products from forests. Students first enroll in courses in biology, math and environmental sciences to prepare for upper-level courses in forestry. As they become more familiar with forests and forest management, students can choose one or more of four options in which to pursue advanced coursework. The educational programs in Forestry (Options in Forest Ecosystem Management, Natural Resource Conservation and Restoration, and Urban and Community Forestry) leading to the degree B.S. in Forestry are candidates for accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF) under the forestry standard. The program in forestry provides you with an understanding of the following areas: forest ecosystems, wood technology and products, forest resource management, agro-forestry, urban and community forestry, biodiversity, water quality, wilderness areas and wildlife.
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Declining soil fertility is one of the many problems facing Zambian agriculture today. The increase in permanent cultivation practices, combined with reduced forest fallow have contributed to the decline in soil fertility. In response to this state of affairs, farmers continue to increase the use of chemical fertilizers as a way of maintaining soil productivity;However, although production and productivity in the agricultural sector has increased over the years, small-scale farmers continue to register low productivity levels. Increases in agricultural production in the small-scale farm sector are mainly achieved by increasing land area under cultivation. For Zambia this means that forest lands are converted into agricultural production. This practice has contributed to the serious deforestation problems that are facing Zambia today;To arrest this trend, efforts are being made to disseminate technologies that help to increase agricultural production and productivity while simultaneously reducing environmental degradation. Agroforestry is one such technology. Research efforts in agroforestry (farming) systems in Zambia have increased since 1986. Major research work is currently underway at Chalimbana and Msekera Research Stations;This study attempts to develop a conceptual and methodological framework for economic analysis of proposed agroforestry systems for Zambia. Project appraisal techniques as well as mathematical programming techniques are used to analyze the farming systems. Risk is incorporated in the analysis through price and yield variations;Preliminary data from the agroforestry research stations are used in this study. The analysis indicates that agroforestry (farming) systems in Zambia are indeed economically viable.

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