Agricultural Economics Research Papers/Topics

The PESTLE dynamics in tea trade: Effects on return to the farmer and sustainability of the smallholder tea enterprise

Abstract Tea plays an important role in Kenya as it contributes about 26% of foreign exchange earnings and supports approximately five million people. Since independence, the Tea Industry has experienced rapid growth in acreage under tea production and in both export volumes and incomes. The smallholder tea sub-sector accounts for about 60% of the Kenyan tea production. Despite this state, the cost of production has also been on the increase. However, even as the percentage return to the far...

Knowledge management and performance in Manufacturing firms: the mediating role Of learning organization

Abstract A review of empirical literature demonstrates the link between learning organization and firm performance. However, mediating role of learning organization in the relationship between knowledge management and firm performance has not been established using large manufacturing firms. This study was motivated by the desire to fill this gap in knowledge. The study examined mediating role of learning organization in the relationship between knowledge management and non-financial measure...

Influence of strategic Market Development Practices on Competiveness of Kenyan Tea in the Global market.

Abstract Kenyan tea though acclaimed globally as a high quality product available all year round continues to face growing competition both regionally and globally. This has resulted to a decline in its market share in the global market. The main objective of the study was to examine the influence of strategic market development practices on competiveness of Kenyan Tea in the global market. The study used cross-sectional survey design to collect both qualitative and quantitative data from th...

Testing for Cointegration and Granger Causality: Evidence from Selected Indigenous Egg Markets in Kenya

Abstract Despite the increasing consumer demand for indigenous eggs, particularly among the urban rich in Kenya, empirical analysis of spatial market integration has received limited attention. This study is an attempt to analyze the existence of market integration and price transmission among four selected indigenous egg markets. The study uses secondary data obtained on prices of eggs on a weekly basis during the year 2014. Analysis of Cointegration and Granger causality was attained using...

Smallholder Rural Youth Farming in Kiambu County, Kenya

Abstract Investment on agriculture by countries is essential because it is core to every nation’s development. In Kenya, people particularly youth are involved in agriculture yet it attracts limited investment. This study which was aimed at highlighting age, gender participation and the role of literacy in small scale farming among the trained youth in Kiambu County, Kenya. This was mixed methods descriptive and cross sectional study that also employed triangulation to enhance confidence i...

Influence Of Earnings Management On Financal Performance Of Agricultural Firms Listed In Nairobi Securities Exchange

Abstract The objective of the study was to determine the influence of earnings management on the financal performance of agricultural firms listed in Nairobi Securities Exchange. A descriptive survey research design was applied. A Census of all the 6 companies listed inNairobi Securities Exchange as at July 2014 to July 2019 constituted the study population. The study employed secondary data extracted from audited financial statements and individual companies annual report for the five year ...

Analysis of Agricultural Extension Service Agents Information Sources and Sorghum Production in Bondo Sub County, Kenya

Abstract/Overview Developing countries are facing major challenges today with regard to food security because of changes in land use, coupled with population pressure and adverse weather conditions. Kenya government has responded to this by ensuring that farmers are given relevant information on farming through various sources such as availing information from research institutions, formal training, agricultural extension service agents, and media services through television and radio and...

Africa is rising: Is Agriculture rising?

Abstract/Overview This paper highlights the narrative of Africa rising. It indicates that indeed Africa as well as Agriculture are rising. Since 2000, Sub-Saharan Gross Domestic Product has been growing at an average rate of 5% per annum. Agriculture has been growing at an average rate of 3.5% p.a, well above the 2.7% population growth. Evidence shows that this Economic and Agricultural growth have lead to improvements in the lives of the African people. Real income per person has increas...

The potential of farm-level forestry enterprises by small scale farmers in selected arid and semi-arid areas (ASALs) in Kenya.

Abstract/Overview The objective of the study was to establish socio-economic status of selected farm forestry groups and networks currently undertaking farm forestry (FF)and the prospects of farm-level forestry enterprises in improving and sustaining the rural livelihoods in Mbeere and Tharaka, Sub-counties and Kitui County in Kenya. Methodology: Using interviews with 466 randomly selected farmers, farm forestry groups. (FFG) and farm forestry networks (FFN), assessment of the current far...

Determinants of Pineapple Market Supply in Bureti Sub County, Kericho County, Kenya

Abstract/Overview Supply of agricultural produce is directly influenced by production and productivity. Therefore, factors that affect agricultural production also affect supply. This study analyses the determinants of pineapple market supply in Bureti Sub County, Kericho County, Kenya. Multi stage sampling was used to select 133 farmers for the study using structured interview schedules. This was supplemented by secondary data collected using content analysis from different published and...

Farmers’ Social Capital, Sources of Finances, Information and their Implications on Maize Yields in a Rural Highland, Kenya

Abstract/Overview Maize (Zea mays L.) is a crop of livelihood, nutritional, economic, and political importance in Kenya. Its productivity growth is estimated at 2% annually, with average yields of 2 tons/ha against a potential 6 tons/ha. Annual production lags behind demand. This study was conducted in a typically rural location of Nandi County in Kenya to investigate smallholder farmers’ social capital, sources of finances, information, and their implications on maize yields. Data from...

EFFECTS OF NATIVE TREE PRODUCTS HARVESTING ON THE LIVELIHOODS OF RURAL HOUSEHOLDS IN NORTHERN GHANA

Abstract The study examined the effects of native tree products harvesting on the livelihoods of rural Households in Northern Ghana. Several studies in Ghana on native trees have not looked at quantities of products harvested for sale and for consumption and the factors influencing household harvesting decisions. The main objective of the study was therefore to assess the harvesting of six native tree products and their effects on the livelihoods of rural households in Northern Ghana. Specifi...

ASSESSING THE CONTRIBUTION OF PLANTING FOR FOOD AND JOBS PROGRAMME ON HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY IN NORTHERN REGION

Food security is at the forefront of every global agenda especially in developing countries where most people are vulnerable to food insecurity. Globally, about 820 million people are food insecure, highlighting the enormous difficulty of accomplishing the SDGs Zero Hunger agenda. Several agricultural policies have been implemented in line with regional efforts to lessen the prevalence of food insecurity, with the goal of accelerating agricultural growth and enhancing food security level in n...

EFFECT OF CAPABILITY AND PERCEIVED IMPACTS OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON FOOD SECURITY RESILIENCE IN SAVELUGU MUNICIPALITY AND NANTON DISTRICT

The COVID-19 pandemic has had tremendous impacts on all sectors of theeconomy, including health, education, and agriculture. Among these impactsare global price hikes on food and non-food commodities. Farm household capability is said to play a major role in ensuring that individuals developsome resilience towards the effects of the pandemic. In this study, factoranalysis, 2SLS and RIMA methodology are used to assess the perceived impacts of the pandemic on livelihood activities and measure t...

PARTICIPATION IN CONTRACT FARMING AND ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY OF SOYBEAN PRODUCTION IN THE NORTHERN REGION OF GHANA

Contract farming (CF) is emerging as a critical intervention to improve the livelihoods of Ghanaian small-scale soybean farmers. Farmers can achieve this if they become more efficient. Government and non-governmental organizations, including the Savanna Farmers Marketing Company (SFMC), the Northern Development Authority (NDA), and Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), have begun contracting farmers to cultivate soybeans in Ghana's northern region. Farmers are provided with inputs s...


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