Factors Influencing Farmers’ Adoption of Information for Mangrove Forests Conservation in Democratic Republic of Congo

This study evaluated information flow within rural communities in the Moanda territory, Democratic Republic of Congo with an aim of aiding improved management and conservation of mangrove forests along the Atlantic coast. In this study, sources of information were grouped as conventional and emerging. Barazas and face-to-face communication remain the most significant conventional sources of information in the study area. Emerging sources of information included television, radio-call, telecentres, and mobile phones. The adoption of emerging sources of information was found to be positively influenced by farmers’ years of schooling, the number of times per month farmers received, land use information through radio and leaflets/literature. Age of respondent was also an important but negative influence. This study proposed integrating methods and information processes at the local level for improved livelihoods, mangroves conservation, decision making and policy recommendations.
Cette étude a évalué le flux d’informations au sein des communautés rurales du territoire de Moanda, en République démocratique du Congo dans le but de promouvoir une meilleure gestion et conservation des forêts de mangroves le long de la côte Atlantique. Dans cette étude, les sources d’information ont été regroupées comme conventionnelles et émergentes. Les rencontres communautaires et la communication face-à-face restent les sources les plus importantes d’information conventionnelles dans la zone d’étude. Les sources émergentes d’information comprenaient la télévision, les appels radio, les télécentres et les téléphones mobiles. L’adoption de nouvelles sources d’information a été jugée positivement influencée parles années de scolarité des agriculteurs, le nombre de fois par mois les agriculteurs ont reçu, des informations d’utilisation des terres à travers la radio, les dépliants et la littérature. L’âge du répondant était également d’une influence importante, mais négative. Cette étude a proposé l’intégration des méthodes et des processus d’information au niveau local pour améliorer le revenu de subsistance, la conservation des mangroves, la prise de décision et des recommandations des politiques.
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholers in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants.This record contains an extended abstract accepted under Enhancing Natural Resource Management