Research Article
Volume 6 Issue 3 - 2020
Challenges Faced by Small Scale Farmers in Hhohho Region in Swaziland
Prudence Shabangu1 and EM Zwane2*
1Business Support Associate, UN-World Food Programme, Mbabane, Swaziland
2Professor in Extension, University of Limpopo, Sovenga, South Africa
*Corresponding Author: EM Zwane, Professor in Extension, University of Limpopo, Sovenga, South Africa.
Received: January 15, 2020; Published: February 13, 2020




Abstract

This paper present challenges exacerbated by finance, nature and history faced by smallholder farmers in the Hhohho region of Swaziland impacting on sustainable agriculture. One of the outcomes of development projects is to bring relieve to the targeted people in specific communities. However, with an increase in population creating demand for food but poor production is experienced due to a number of reasons among others include climate changes and other challenges that make the achievement of development objectives not to be realized. The study was conducted in three areas of Hhohho region. The study was designed in quantitative paradigm in which a population of 150 farmers was identified for the study. A questionnaire was designed to collect data from a sample of 45 small holder farmers which was randomly chosen out of 150 (or 30%) and 20 extension officials. The study found that some of the challenges that frustrate the achievement of the expected objectives included personal, financial, access to information, natural, and limited agricultural knowledge. The paper concludes with a recommendation such as developing a solution to the challenges.

Keywords: Small Scale Farmers; Extension Officers; Challenges; Strategies; Mitigating; Market; Swaziland

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Citation: Prudence Shabangu and EM Zwane. “Challenges Faced by Small Scale Farmers in Hhohho Region in Swaziland”. EC Agriculture 6.3 (2020): 01-09.

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