Vol. 114 No. 2 (2020)
Research Papers

Measuring sustainability of conservation and conventional practices in maize production in Ghana

Mavis Boimah
Johann Heinrich von Thuenen Institute of Market Analysis, Braunschweig, Germany
Akwasi Mensah-Bonsu
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon
Yaw Osei-Asare
Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon
Published December 30, 2020
How to Cite
Boimah, M., Mensah-Bonsu , A., Osei-Asare , Y., & Sarpong, D. B. (2020). Measuring sustainability of conservation and conventional practices in maize production in Ghana. Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development (JAEID), 114(2), 21-40. https://doi.org/10.12895/jaeid.20202.1222

Abstract

Scientists and researchers worldwide have recommended Conservation Agriculture as one that has the potential to promote sustainability in agriculture. This paper attempts to measure and compare the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of both conservation and conventional practices used for maize production in the northern region of Ghana employing the Multi-attribute Value Theory (MAVT) approach.Results of the study reveal minimum tillage and the combined use of minimum tillage and integrated organic-inorganic fertilizer application as sustainable practices scoring a minimum of 0.5 and above for the three pillars (economic, social, and environmental) of sustainability. Despite these scores, the z-test of difference in means of the conservation practices and conventional ones were all insignificant, indicating that the conservation practices in use were not different from the conventional ones in terms of their contribution to sustainable maize production. Technical assistance and training that aids in ensuring the appropriate application of conservation practices should be ensured if the goal of sustainability is to be realized.