Journal of Agriculture and Sustainability

Journal of Agriculture and Sustainability (ISSN 2201-4357) publishes papers in all aspects of agriculture and sustainability, including but not limited to: agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, agronomy, plant science, theoretical production ecology, horticulture, plant breeding, plant fertilization, and soil science, Aquaculture, Biological engineering, Environmental impacts of agriculture and forestry, Food science, Husbandry, Irrigation and water management, Land use, Waste management, innovative practices, new technology, integrated Pest management, Organic and biodynamic farming, sustainable energy use, social and philosophical aspects of sustainable agriculture, linking conservation and agriculture, landscape agroecology, agriculture and global climate change, indicators of sustainability, sustainable farm policy, and future projections.

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Vol 10, No 2

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Constraints Associated with the Marketing Channel of Lettuce and Cabbage Trade in Ghana PDF
Mawutor K. Glover, Joyce Obubuafo, Mathew O. Agyeman-Duah, Grace D. Doku, Edinam K. Glover
The present study aims to identify inefficiencies or bottlenecks in the marketing channel for lettuce and cabbage trade in Ghana which may be lowering economic incentives for producers and traders. It also aims to assess better ways in which local communities could benefit from lettuce and cabbage trade for poverty alleviation and livelihood improvement. The study focuses on the following central research questions: What constraints are associated with the marketing channel of lettuce and cabbage trade in Ghana which may be lowering economic incentives for producers and traders?  What are the ways in which local communities can better benefit from lettuce and cabbage trade for poverty alleviation and livelihood improvement? This study covers gaps in the existing marketing channels of lettuce and cabbage trade; proposes how the associated constraints could be solved to better protect the chain, and explores the application of the findings in other contexts. It presupposes a thorough understanding of the social, cultural, ecological and economic factors shaping lettuce and cabbage production in Ghana.

Vegetable Grower’S Knowledge Levels Regarding Some Sustainable Agriculture Practices: A Case Study in Taleeyaa District, Babylon Province, Iraq PDF
Bassim H. Kshash

Sustainable agriculture is an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long-term, satisfy human food and fiber needs; enhance the environmental quality and natural resources base upon which the agriculture economy depends. The final decision of farmers to applying the style of sustainable agriculture based on their knowledge with its experiences and practices. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the level of Vegetable growers' knowledge with some sustainable agriculture experiences and practices.The study was conducted in Babylon Province of Iraq , from district namely Taleeyaa. A sample consisting of 180 respondents was selected through random sampling. A survey method through face-to-face interview by using structured questionnaire was used to collect data. The findings of the study showed that Majority of the respondents (48.9%) were observed in low category of knowledge followed by medium (31.7%) and (20%) high levels of knowledge, respectively. The study recommends that more efforts should be taken by agricultural extension agents to further improve farmers’ knowledge regarding sustainable agriculture.

Dissemination of Scientific Research Findings, A Prerequisite for National Development PDF
Solomon Gyasi-Boakye, Anthony Bonnah-Koomson
This study investigates the dissemination of research findings generated by the institutes under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to the general public in Ghana. To achieve the objectives of the investigation, two state owned dailies; the Daily Graphic and the Ghanaian Times were sampled for the study coverring 2001 and 2002. Issues on the CSIR and its institutes which received adequate publication, the subject matter which received greatest coverage and which institute received the most coverage for its activities were examined. The Daily Graphic published more stories (32) representing 64% on the CSIR than the Ghanaian Times (18) representing 36%. Generally, however, the CSIR did not receive much coverage from the two dailies. Out of 1248 issues sampled, only 46 issues were related to the CSIR, providing a total of 50 stories. Lack of requisite expertise of journalists of both papers in science and technology might be a contributory factor. The subject matter which pre-dominated the two dailies was technology transfer. The CRI was the most featured institute under the CSIR. For economic advancement, it is imperative that science and technology is disseminated to the generality of the public and it could start with frequent publication of the scientific findings of the CSIR institutes by the media.

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