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Table 2 Description of independent variables

From: Determinants of farmers’ adoption of land management practices in Gelana sub-watershed of Northern highlands of Ethiopia

Variable name Description Expected sign
Age of the household head Number of years +/−
Education of household head Number of years in school +
Household size Number of household members +
Off-farm activity “1” for “yes” and “0” otherwise +/−
Distance from plot to home Kilometers -
Training in LMP “1” if households get training on land management practices and “0” otherwise. +
Credit access “1” for “yes” and “0” for those who do not have credit access +
Livestock ownership of the household head in tropical livestock units (TLUs) +/−
Farm size total farm holding of the household in hectares +
Land tenure security “1” for if a household head feel “secured” and “0” otherwise  
Distance from plot to nearest market Kilometers
Farming experience of the household head Number of years +/-
Slope of the plot as perceived by the household head “1” = Very flat, “2” = almost flat, “3” = undulated, “4” steep, “5” = very steep +
Plot land quality as perceived by the household head “ 1” = very poor, “2” = poor, “3” = neither nor, “4” = good,”5” very good ?
Access to extension services “1” = yes, 0 = otherwise +
Availability of economic incentives for LMP “1” = yes, 0 = otherwise +
perception of the household head about soil erosion problem “1” if the household head perceives soil erosion problem in his farm, “0” otherwise +