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Farming Differentiation in the Rural-urban Interface of the Middle Mountains, Nepal: Application of Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)Modeling

Bhatta, G.D. and Doppler, W. (2010) Farming Differentiation in the Rural-urban Interface of the Middle Mountains, Nepal: Application of Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP)Modeling. Journal of Agricultural Science, 2 (4), pp. 37-51.

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Summary

This article investigates the dominant factors of farming differentiation in the rural-urban interface of the densely
populated Kathmandu Valley, using the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) modeling. The rural-urban interface in the Kathmandu Valley is an important vegetable production pocket which supplies a large amount of the vegetables in the city core. While subsistence farming in the rural area is characterized by a system which integrates livestock and forestry with agriculture, the intensification in the urban fringe is characterized by triple crop rotations and market-oriented intensive vegetable production. Seven factors which were supposed to cause farming variation in the interface were incorporated in the AHP framework and then subjected to the farmers’ judgment in distinctly delineated three farming zones. These factors played crucial yet differing roles in different farming zones. Inaccessibility and use of local resources; higher yield and accessibility and agro-ecological consideration and quality production are the key impacting factors of subsistence, commercial inorganic and smallholder organic farming respectively. The quantification of such factors of farming differentiation through AHP is an important piece of information that will contribute in modeling farming in the rural-urban interface of developing countries which are characterized by a high diversity of farming practices and are undergoing a rapid
change in the land use pattern.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:AHP, Farming differentiation, Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, Rural-urban interface
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Farming Systems
Values, standards and certification
Food systems
Environmental aspects
Knowledge management
Research affiliation:Other countries
Canada
Germany
International Organizations
ISSN:1916-9752
Deposited By: Bhatta, Dr Gopal Datt
ID Code:19201
Deposited On:26 Jul 2011 06:40
Last Modified:26 Jul 2011 06:40
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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