Table 1: Socioeconomic and farm characteristics of the respondents in Loma and Mareka districts in southern Ethiopia.

Characteristics DistrictsMean  
N=148
χ2T-test
LomaMareka
N=75N=73

Gender (%)
 Male84.190.987.50.257
 Female15.99.112.5
Level of education (%)4.254
 Illiterate18.116.117.1
 Primary school54.25655.1
 Secondary school21.421.821.6
 College diploma6.44.25.3
 Degree and above0.01.80.9
Age of the farmer (years)47.851.849.8-2.357
Number of family size5.85.85.80.045
Common bean farming experience (years)6.47.06.7-2.023
Type of farming system1.363
 Mixed farming89.285.187.2
 Crop production10.814.912.8
Total land (ha)3.03.13.10.050
Land allocated for common bean (ha)0.50.80.71.186
Purpose of production0.561
 For selling6.48.47.4
 Consumption59.858.559.2
 Both33.832.733.3

Note: statistically significant at P < 0.05; ns = not significant.