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Attitudes of Out-of-School Youths towards Tree Planting Activities in Central Uganda: A Case Study of Masaka District

J Agea
S Nansereko
J Obua
D Waiswa
M Buyinza
F Yikii


This study assessed the attitudes of out-of-school youths towards tree planting activities in Masaka district, central
Uganda. Data were collected using 104 semi-structured questionnaires. Logistic regression was used to show the
influence of demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the respondents on their attitudes towards tree
planting. Summative attitudes index varied from 320 for those who liked very much tree planting activities to 6 for
those who disliked very much tree planting activities. Opinions on willingness to plant and tender trees also varied
widely from summative index of 305 for those who would very much plant and manage the trees to 5 for those who
would very much not plant and manage the trees. Sex, age, education, occupation, distance to the nearest trading
centre and land ownership significantly contributed to variation in the attitudes. Factors such as lack of capital;
land and tree tenure security; long payback period from planted trees; bad beliefs, taboos and superstitions about
certain trees hindered out-of-school youths’ efforts. There is a need to develop clear policies and by-laws to guide
and induce the out-of-school youths to plant trees as a livelihood opportunity.