Research Papers/Topics in Agricultural And Resource Economics

Factors Influencing Grafted Mango (Mangifera Indica L.) Production In Matinyani Division, Kitui County.

ABSTRACTMango (Mangifera indica L.) fruit is produced and consumed globally, regionally, and locally. The fruit is a potential source of essential nutrients including potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and is an excellent source of vitamin A and C. Mangoes can also be sold to earn income. However, most smallholder mango farmers in Matinyani Sub-county experience lack of clean planting materials, inadequate production technologies, inadequate mango varieties with long production cycles and poor...

Food Security In The Semi-Arid Machakos County: A Case Study Of Mwala Sub-County

ABSTRACTEnsuring food security is a global significant challenge despite struggles to increaseagricultural productivity, food distribution and identify appropriate policyinterventions to cub food shortage. The recent recurrent incidences of food deficit inKenya have placed the nation among the 20 most food insecure countries in theworld. Food insecurity in the country is a prevalent issue since approximately 84% thecountry’s landmass is covered by arid and semi-arid land. Achieving sustaina...

ADAPTABILITY OF PEARL MILLET (Pennisetum Glaucum (L.)R.Br) VARIETIES IN THE SEMI-ARID KITUI COUNTY OF KENYA

ABSTRACTCereals are important crops grown and consumed globally, regionally and locally. However, world cereal yields have declined due to frequent droughts, erratic and unreliable rainfall especially in sub-saharan Africa. Pearl millet accounts for almost half of the global production of the millet species. Therefore, identifying high yielding pearl millet genotypes with farmer preffered traits and adapted to drought stress is key for food security. The objective of the field study was to de...

Status And Contribution Of Fish Farming Under Economic Stimulus Program In Kitui Central Sub-County, Kitui County.

ABSTRACTIn 2010, the Economic Stimulus Program (ESP) was initiated by the Government of Kenya with the aim of encouraging aquaculture in Kenya. Kitui Central Sub- County benefited with 200 fish ponds under ESP. However, their status is not known in terms of production, challenges and the contribution of fish farming to household wellbeing. To address this, a sample of sixty (60) fish farmers were used from the targeted 200 fish farmers who benefited from the Government’s support. The primar...

Status And Contribution Of Fish Farming Under Economic Stimulus Program In Kitui Central Sub-County, Kitui County

ABSTRACTIn 2010, the Economic Stimulus Program (ESP) was initiated by the Government of Kenya with the aim of encouraging aquaculture in Kenya. Kitui Central Sub- County benefited with 200 fish ponds under ESP. However, their status is not known in terms of production, challenges and the contribution of fish farming to household wellbeing. To address this, a sample of sixty (60) fish farmers were used from the targeted 200 fish farmers who benefited from the Government’s support. The primar...

THE EFFECTS OF PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF COMMON BEAN (Phaseolus Vulgaris L.) VARIETIES ON SOAKING AND COOKING TIME.

AbstractCookability of common bean is constrained by hardness which results to extend cooking times,low widespread consumption, and high cost of cooking fuel, the consequence of this ismalnutrition due to nutritional deficiencies and food insecurity. A study was conducted in the seedLaboratory of Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (KALRO)-Katumani toinvestigate the effects of physical properties of eleven bean varieties (GLPX92, KATX69,EMBEAN118, WAIRIMU, EMBEAN14, GLP2, KATX...

Factors Influencing Default In Servicing Agricultural Loans: A Case Study Of Agricultural Finance Corporation, Machakos County

ABSTRACTFarm credit offered by AFC is an important tool in poverty alleviation through creation of working opportunities for beneficiaries. The facility improves the economic and social status through poverty alleviation, employment creation and income generation for low income farmers with limited opportunities. Through this facility, the government mainly targets to improve the livelihood and food sufficiency among the rural populace. However, loan repayment is faced by high levels of defau...

The Effects Of Market Intelligence Systems On Sales Revenue Among French Bean Producers: A Case Study Of Ol-Donyo Sabuk, Machakos County, Kenya

ABSTRACTBusinesses operate in a world in which information is more readily and publicly available than ever before. Thanks to the development of the Internet, information on market trends, legislation, customers, suppliers, competitors, distributors, product development and almost every other conceivable topic is available at the click of a mouse. Search engines, online libraries, company websites and other sources provide information in an increasingly plentiful, easy to find, and easy to di...

An Assesment Of Natural And Socio- Economic Impacts On Indigeneous Chicken Production:-A Case Study Of Katangi And Ikombe Divisions Of Yatta Sub County, Machakos County

ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to identify the natural and socio economic factors that affect indigenous chicken production and the level of their impact in Katangi and Ikombe divisions of Yatta sub county, Machakos County. The study therefore sought to establish why despite the Government, Non Governmental organizations and the communities spending a lot of resources in tackling food insecurity among the local communities through poultry keeping, there has been an increase in the numb...

Evaluating Response To Cassava Viral Disease Infections Among Selected Cassava Genotypes Under Field And Greenhouse Assays In Lower Eastern Kenya

AbstractCassava mosaic geminiviruses (CMGs) and cassava brown streak viruses (CBSVs) respectively cause cassava mosaic disease (CMD) and cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) which significantly inhibit cassava production in Kenya. This study aimed at determining the prevalence and incidence of CMD and CBSD in lower eastern Kenya and resistance response of new improved cassava genotypes. To determine the prevalence and incidence of CMD and CBSD in lower eastern Kenya, survey was conducted in Ma...

Determinants Of Adoption Of Forage Technologies Among Peri-Urban Dairy Farmers In The Semi-Arid Region Of South Eastern Kenya

ABSTRACTSemi-arid peri-urban environment holds great potential for dairy development to meet the high demand for milk and become a livelihood support strategy. In support for dairy production, forage technologies were promoted among dairy farmers in order to improve the performance of the sector and contribute to poverty reduction. However, the level and determinants of adoption of selected forage technologies in relation to dairy production is still unknown. To address this, 150 dairy farmer...

Factors Affecting Sisal Cultivation And Adoption In Kiomo Division, Kitui County, Kenya

ABSTRACTbest +practices in sisal cultivation.it was also revealed that there was a relationship betweenage and awareness of sisal cultivation as a commercial activity (p-value=0.809>p=0.05).xivFurther, 30.65% of factors identified to be contributing to the low sisal propagation in thearea related to lack of knowledge and 0.77% related to financial constraints. This showed thatthere was an association between the awareness of sisal cultivation as a commercial activityand a highest level of edu...

Factors Affecting Smallholder Farmers‟ Adoption Of Integrated Soil Fertility And Water Management Practices In Machakos County

ABSTRACTNatural resource degradation and water scarcity are a global concern that threatenssustainability of smallholder farmers‟ livelihoods in arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs). InASALs, low adoption of Integrated Soil Fertility and Water Management (ISFWM)technologies has contributed to food and nutrition insecurity. A study was carried out toassess factors influencing smallholder farmers‟ adoption decision of ISFWMtechnologies in Mwala and Yatta Sub-Counties. A questionnaire was admini...

Effects Of Tillage And Mulching On Maize Yield, Soil Water Content And Organic Carbon In Kirege, Tharaka-Nithi County, Kenya A'

ABSTRACTSustainable agricultural production in Kenya requires improvement of yields per unit of land while still conserving soil resources. Besides poor soil nutrient status, water is a limiting factor to crop production in the rain-fed farming systems of central highlands of Kenya. Hence, there is need to address soil water scarcity challenges in order to increase crop production. The objective of the study was to determine the effects of tillage and mulching on maize (Zea Mays. L) yield, so...

Characterisation Of Smallholder Farming Systems And Greenhouse Gas Emissions Simulation From Maize Cropping System In Tharaka-Nithi County, Kenya

ABSTRACTThe influence of soil fertility management technologies on crop production has widely been researched in Tharaka-Nithi County. However, data on their contribution towards national greenhouse gas budget is scanty. This study aimed at characterising smallholder farming systems and simulating greenhouse gas emissions, maize yields, yield scaled nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions and N2O emission factors from different soil fertility management technologies in Tharaka-Nithi County. Three hundr...


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