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Sustainable agricultural practices, environmental risk mitigation and livelihood improvements : empirical evidence from Northern Ethiopia

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Using sustainable agriculture practices has various economic, social and environmental benefits. Determining the attitude of farmers toward risk is an important first step in understanding their behaviour and coping strategies to mitigate environmental risks. This paper investigates the dual impacts of some agricultural practices on agricultural yields and farmers' livelihoods considering sustainable farmland. Cross-sectional data is collected from farmers in six rural villages in Tigray region, Northern Ethiopia using structured questionnaires. Results show that education, labour supply, agricultural extension services, attitudes, social capital, risk mitigation attitudes, farming experience and soil conditions are factors that significantly affect farmers' decisions to adopt these practices. The practices are adopted either in isolation or jointly of integrated sustainable practices that increase crop production, household income and asset. Therefore, government and other development actors should promote their adoptions especially in drought-prone, degraded and water-stressed areas.
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Agricultural practice, Crop yield, Sustainable farmland, Risk mitigation attitudes, Endogenous switching regression, CROP RESIDUES, CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE, SMALLHOLDER FARMERS, HOUSEHOLD INCOME, FOOD SECURITY, ADOPTION, TILLAGE, IMPACTS, SOIL, PRODUCTIVITY

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Zeweld, Woldegebrial, et al. “Sustainable Agricultural Practices, Environmental Risk Mitigation and Livelihood Improvements : Empirical Evidence from Northern Ethiopia.” LAND USE POLICY, vol. 95, 2020, doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.01.002.
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Zeweld, W., Van Huylenbroeck, G., Tesfay, G., Azadi, H., & Speelman, S. (2020). Sustainable agricultural practices, environmental risk mitigation and livelihood improvements : empirical evidence from Northern Ethiopia. LAND USE POLICY, 95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.01.002
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Zeweld, Woldegebrial, Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Girmay Tesfay, Hossein Azadi, and Stijn Speelman. 2020. “Sustainable Agricultural Practices, Environmental Risk Mitigation and Livelihood Improvements : Empirical Evidence from Northern Ethiopia.” LAND USE POLICY 95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.01.002.
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Zeweld, Woldegebrial, Guido Van Huylenbroeck, Girmay Tesfay, Hossein Azadi, and Stijn Speelman. 2020. “Sustainable Agricultural Practices, Environmental Risk Mitigation and Livelihood Improvements : Empirical Evidence from Northern Ethiopia.” LAND USE POLICY 95. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.01.002.
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Zeweld W, Van Huylenbroeck G, Tesfay G, Azadi H, Speelman S. Sustainable agricultural practices, environmental risk mitigation and livelihood improvements : empirical evidence from Northern Ethiopia. LAND USE POLICY. 2020;95.
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W. Zeweld, G. Van Huylenbroeck, G. Tesfay, H. Azadi, and S. Speelman, “Sustainable agricultural practices, environmental risk mitigation and livelihood improvements : empirical evidence from Northern Ethiopia,” LAND USE POLICY, vol. 95, 2020.
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  journal      = {{LAND USE POLICY}},
  keywords     = {{Agricultural practice,Crop yield,Sustainable farmland,Risk mitigation attitudes,Endogenous switching regression,CROP RESIDUES,CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE,SMALLHOLDER FARMERS,HOUSEHOLD INCOME,FOOD SECURITY,ADOPTION,TILLAGE,IMPACTS,SOIL,PRODUCTIVITY}},
  language     = {{eng}},
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  title        = {{Sustainable agricultural practices, environmental risk mitigation and livelihood improvements : empirical evidence from Northern Ethiopia}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2019.01.002}},
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  year         = {{2020}},
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