Seizing an opportunity of a public-private partnership initiative for Agritourism development as a strategy for poverty reduction in Kisumu, Kenya

Abstract/Overview

High poverty level is one of the major developmental challenges facing Kisumu County with over 60 percent of the population being poor. The main economic activity in this region has for a long time been farming. The high incidence of poverty level is attributed to several factors ranging from the ever escalating costs of farm inputs, poor distribution and unpredictable rains, poor farming methods resulting to poor crop/livestock production hence low yields for farmers and food insecurity, lack of diversified agriculture, environmental degradation, lack of empowerment, HIV/AIDS scourge and low incomes. This calls for farmers to find alternative sources of livelihoods to generate additional income. From an exploratory survey conducted in Kisumu County in July 2014 on Agritourism is a strategy for poverty reduction and livelihood improvement, 95.62 percent of the respondents indicated that Agritourism as a viable venture for farmers in this county. Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected. Quantitative data collection entailed a household survey through administration of questionnaires while qualitative method involved interviews and focus group discussions. Participants consisted of farmers and key informants in relevant county government offices in the study area. This paper builds on this survey to reveal the possibility of a Public-Private Partnership initiative (PPP) for Agritourism development as a strategy for poverty reduction in Kisumu County. PPP is a form of legally enforceable contract between the public sector and private sector, which requires new investments by the private contractor (money, technology, expertise/time, reputation, etc.) and which transfers key risks to the private sector (design, construction, operation, etc.), in which payments are made in exchange for performance, for the purpose of delivering a service traditionally provided by the public sector. The PPP approach may be the way to go for developing Agritourism as a strategy for poverty reduction in Kisumu County since this is a new concept. The paper reveals that Agritourism can be pursued in Kisumu county by taking advantage of the potential opportunities that a PPP approach can give. Potential benefits include the possibility of generating opportunities for local farmers to increase income, revenue generation and improved food security, enhanced entrepreneurial skills and the diversification and uniqueness of traditional food crops within the county. Agritourism may reduce rural-urban migration of the young population since it will provide incentives to preserve agricultural land in Kisumu County and create employment opportunities. More opportunities for value addition of farm produce will be created and diversification of produce for direct-marketing may stimulate economic activity. With improved infrastructural support, Agritourism programs may help capitalize on the natural, historical, and cultural resources of communities and also build community pride and improve on the quality of life for local community. The study concluded that concerted effort of all stakeholders is needed to exploit the PPP benefits of Agritourism. To sustain Agritourism, there is need for stakeholder sensitization and strategic planning for Agritourism in Kisumu County. The County government should explore public-private partnerships that are beneficial to further the pursuit and development of Agritourism in Kisumu County.

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<div>Olima, < (2024). Seizing an opportunity of a public-private partnership initiative for Agritourism development as a strategy for poverty reduction in Kisumu, Kenya. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/seizing-an-opportunity-of-a-public-private-partnership-initiative-for-agritourism-development-as-a-strategy-for-poverty-reduction-in-kisumu-kenya

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<div>Olima, <div>Bwana "Seizing an opportunity of a public-private partnership initiative for Agritourism development as a strategy for poverty reduction in Kisumu, Kenya" Afribary. Afribary, 04 Jun. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/seizing-an-opportunity-of-a-public-private-partnership-initiative-for-agritourism-development-as-a-strategy-for-poverty-reduction-in-kisumu-kenya. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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<div>Olima, <div>Bwana . "Seizing an opportunity of a public-private partnership initiative for Agritourism development as a strategy for poverty reduction in Kisumu, Kenya". Afribary, Afribary, 04 Jun. 2024. Web. 24 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/seizing-an-opportunity-of-a-public-private-partnership-initiative-for-agritourism-development-as-a-strategy-for-poverty-reduction-in-kisumu-kenya >.

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<div>Olima, <div>Bwana . "Seizing an opportunity of a public-private partnership initiative for Agritourism development as a strategy for poverty reduction in Kisumu, Kenya" Afribary (2024). Accessed July 24, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/seizing-an-opportunity-of-a-public-private-partnership-initiative-for-agritourism-development-as-a-strategy-for-poverty-reduction-in-kisumu-kenya