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Impact of Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Practices on Household Food Security in Small-scale Paddy-Cattle Farming Systems in Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka

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S. P. Dissanayake ,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura, LK
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L. H. P. Gunaratne,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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T. Sivanathewer,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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G. A. S. Ginigaddara

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura, LK
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Abstract

The Paddy-Cattle Integrated Farming System (PCIFS) is one of the dominant farming systems in the dry zone, Sri Lanka which contributes to the well-being of small-scale farmers. These systems are subjected to high risk and uncertainty uttered by poor productivity and food insecurity related issues. Hence, the study aimed at investigating the impacts of adoption for sustainable agricultural practices on household food security in PCIFS in Anuradhapura district. A survey was employed to gather data from 300 randomly selected paddy-cattle integrated farmers. Descriptive and regression analysis were used to analyze the data. Farming experience, age of respondents, income from milk, awareness on sustainable agricultural practices, training participation and gender were identified as the factors affecting the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. Further, household income (p<0.1), age, farming experience, and adoption for sustainable agricultural practices significantly (p<0.05) affected on the Food Consumption Score while household size (p<0.1), access to credits, and adoption for sustainable agricultural practices significantly (p<0.05) influenced the Household Food Insecurity Access Score. The study concludes that the adoption for sustainable agricultural practices ensure sustainable and food secured farming systems in the Anuradhapura district. The results suggest the importance of promoting sustainable agricultural practices among the paddy-cattle integrated farmers.
How to Cite: Dissanayake, S.P., Gunaratne, L.H.P., Sivanathewer, T. and Ginigaddara, G.A.S., 2021. Impact of Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Practices on Household Food Security in Small-scale Paddy-Cattle Farming Systems in Anuradhapura District, Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Journal of Agriculture and Ecosystems, 3(2), pp.112–129. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljae.v3i2.80
Published on 28 Dec 2021.
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