Sokoine University of Agriculture

Socio-economic factors influencing household dependency on forest in Masida community forest, Zambezi Region, Namibia

Show simple item record Karupu, R. M. 2020-10-06T04:55:10Z 2020-10-06T04:55:10Z 2019
dc.description M. Sc. Dissertation en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to provide a better understanding of the drivers and effects of dependency on forest resources in Masida community forest in Zambezi region, Namibia. Specifically, the study assessed the livelihood strategies and contribution of forest resources to household incomes, assessed socio-economic determinants of households‟ dependency, determined extent and consequences of dependency and examined the people‟s perception on forest dependency. A cross-sectional study was conducted from December 2018 to April 2019. For primary data collection, a semi- structured questionnaire was administered to 185 randomly selected household heads for quantitative data, while qualitative data was collected using key informants‟ interviews and focus group discussion. Secondary data was obtained from office permit system. Multiple response analysis was used to summarise livelihood strategies and reasons for household dependence. Multiple comparisons using ANOVA analysed the contributions of various income sources to household income. Logistic regression model was used to determine the effect of household‟s socio-economic characteristics on forest dependence. Descriptive statistics were used to summarise the extent and consequences of dependency, while people‟s perceptions were assessed using the Likert scale. The study revealed that farming, piecework and social grants are the livelihood strategies and the forest‟s natural ablution function, provision of free medicine, easy access of forest, cheap acquisition of forest resources, inability to pay for other alternatives and unemployment were motives influencing household forest dependency. The household socio-economic characteristics such as Age, Education of respondents and Hectares of land owned significantly influences forest dependency (P<0.05). Moreover, the study showed that species such as Colophospermum mopane, Terminalia sericea and Dichrostachys cinerea are endangered. In conclusion, the study revealed that local people‟s perceptions forms a basis for monitoring the sustainability of forest resources. Lastly, the study recommends that agroforestry, brickmaking and apiculture are appropriate alternatives to lessen reliance on forest. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sokoine University of Agriculture en_US
dc.subject Socio-economic factors en_US
dc.subject Household dependency en_US
dc.subject Forest en_US
dc.subject Zambezi Region en_US
dc.subject Masida community forest en_US
dc.subject Namibia en_US
dc.title Socio-economic factors influencing household dependency on forest in Masida community forest, Zambezi Region, Namibia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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