Evaluation of the Socio-Economic Benefits of Maize Farming Against Local Chicken Production as a Means of Livelihood in Chankumba Agricultural Camp of Chibombo District, Zambia.

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Evaluation of the socio-economic benefits of Maize Farming against Local Chicken production as a means of livelihood in Chankumba agricultural camp of Chibombo district, Zambia.

Prepared by:

EDWIN M. MASIMBI

A Dissertation
Submitted in partial fulfillment of the award of Bachelor of Science Degree in Agroforestry

THE COPPERBELT UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Department of Forest Resource Management

Submitted to:
Mr. Felix Njovu

December, 2010

DECLARATION

I Edwin Mungala Masimbi, hereby declare that the work contained in this thesis is my own original work and has not been previously in its entirety or in part been submitted to any university for the award of a degree

Author
Signature………………………Date………………………… Edwin Mungala Masimbi
Supervisor
Signature………………………Date………………………… Mr. Felix Njovu

Assistant Dean
Signature…………………….Date………………………….. Mr. Robby Kasubika

ABSTRACT

In a study conducted in Chankumba Agricultural Camp of Chibombo district (Kabwe Rural) of Central province of Zambia, the socio-economic benefits of maize farming against local chicken production were investigated. Primary data were collected using semi-structured questionnaires. Field observations and secondary data supplemented the questionnaires. Secondary data were obtained from reports and other documents from various offices. Data collected was analyzed by using Microsoft Excel and the Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS); descriptive statistics were used in the analysis. The results showed that: local chicken production has more and better socio-economic benefits than maize farming and is a better activity towards contributing to household food security. Female participation is higher in the management of chickens than in maize. From this study the following recommendations were made: There is need for government and other common interest groups to create awareness of local chicken production as a viable alternative means of livelihood besides maize farming and Extension services need to be improved. Government, as well as other common interest groups should realize the importance of sustainable improvements in local chicken production.

DEDICATION

This thesis is dedicated to a few good men I have known in my life: my hardworking father, Langson Masimbi; my uncle, Bismarck Simalaambo (late) and Fr. Emmanuel Bwalya; my mother Violet Mweene for how she has raised me and ever being there for me-always. I extend my dedication to my beloved brothers and sister.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I am deeply indebted to my supervisor, Mr. Felix Njovu for his guidance in this research. I would further like to thank Mr. Mukubesa, my aunties and uncles in Chibombo for their untiring help during data collection. Many thanks also go to the people of Chankumba for their cooperation during data collection. I am sincerely grateful to my family and friends for their encouragement and support during the period of my study. I would also like to thank the staff at Chibombo DACO offices, GART and MLF Chibombo offices. Finally to the only true God, Jehovah, the maker of life. I am thankful. It has been a long time coming.

ACRONYMS

AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
CSO Central Statistics Office
FNDP Fifth National Development Plan
FRA Food Reserve Agency
GDPGross Domestic Product
HIV Human Immune Virus
MACO Ministry Of Agriculture and Cooperatives
VPVillage Poultry
ZMK Zambian Kwacha
NGOs Non Governmental Organisations
JAICAF Japan Association for International...
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