Incentives for increasing the production of foodcrops among small scale farmers: A case study of Siaya districtca

There has been increasing concern over the food requirements for the country due to the rapid population increase. This is reflected in the various policy measures taken by the government to increase food production and employment opportunities for the population. Siaya District is one of the food deficit districts in the country despite measures which have been taken to increase food production. This study was aimed at finding out why the District is food deficit and what can be done to increase food production.

Risk Aversion By Small Farmers- Can It Be Measured ?results Of A Survey Of 69 Small Farmers In Kabare Location, Kirinyaga District, March 1977

Small farmers in developing countries have to contend with many risks. One of the most important is the risk of less than adequate rainfall. Risk aversion by farmers can be a constraint on the transition from a subsistence. to a cash economy. This paper describes a survey of small farmers in Kabare Location, Kirinyaga District, Kenya which was conducted during March,1977. Results of the survey were used to attempt to measure the farmers' risk aversion. An index of risk aversion was constructed and used to test hypotheses concerning the characteristics of more and less risk averse farmers.

Performance chacterization of a dye-sensitized photovoltaic module under tropical weather conditions: the case of Nairobi, Kenya

The performance of a Dye-sensitized solar module (DSSM) of active area 175.12 cm has been investigated at a tropical climate area at co-ordinates 35.81 ᄚ East, 1.280 South. Investigation of the DSSM's performance parameters; short circuit current density (.Ise), open circuit voltage (Voe), fill factor (FF) and solar-to-electricity conversion efficiency (rf) has been carried out under different values of air mass (AM), irradiance intensities, and the DSSM's surface temperature. As AM increased from 1 to 1.09, Voe reduced linearly by 2.05% from 8.31 V to 8.14 V.

Some aspects of smallholder tea production in Belgut division of Kericho district, Kenya

This study is about smallholder tea growing m Belgut Division of Kericho District, Kenya. The last thirty years in Kenya have witnessed rapid agricultural development contributed largely by the small-scale farm sector. In that context, smallholder tea growing has expanded to such an extent that it now accounts for 58.8 percent of all tea produced in the country, with Kenya being one of the leading tea producing countries in the World.

Molecular characterization of tropical maize inbred lines using microsatellite DNA markers

An insight on diversity and relationships among germplasm is important in any breeding program for crop improvement. The main objectives of our study were to: (i) determine the level of genetic diversity within mid altitude maize inbred lines resistant to weevils, aflatoxin accumulation and drought, (ii) to suggest potential heterotic groups using their genetic structures and distance based on cluster analysis with the aim to generate broad based source germplasm for mid altitude maize breeding program with combined traits of importance against Aflatoxin accumulation.

Short-term influence of compost application on maize yield, soil macrofauna diversity and abundance in nutrient deficient soils of Kakamega County, Kenya

Background and aims Degradation of physical, chemical and biological properties of soils in sub-Saharan Africa mainly results from little or no organic resource application coupled with sub-optimal fertilizer application. A study was conducted over three seasons, from March 2010 to August 2011, to evaluate potential of six organic materials (bagasse, cow manure, filtermud, maize stover, sugarcane straw and Tithonia diversifolia) for compost production and their influence on maize yield and soil fauna diversity.

Effect of nitrogen fertilizer and rhizobium inoculation on growth and yield of intercropped maize (zea mays) and beans (phaseolus vulgaris)

Most studies on intercrops have not been conclusive. Nitrogen is one of the elements that limit maize and bean production. Since symbiotic N fixation may provide a substantial amount ofN in such a system, there is need to study the effect of fertilizer Nand rhizobial inoculation on maize and beans in intercrops. Hence, effects ofN levels and rhizobial inoculation on bean nodulation and yield of intercropped maize and beans were investigated at Kabete Field Station, University of Nairobi over two seasons in two sites.

The effects of food aid on food security in Kenya

The objective of the research was to thematically investigate the effects that food aid has on food security in Kenya. Research methodology utilised in this study was descriptive study, which was useful in analyzing the large quantity of data collected over a long period of time (years 2006 -2012) by WFP, NDMA and KFSSG. Descriptive study was helpful in analyzing the events and trends that influence food insecurity in Kenya and the conditions that guide food aid distribution in the country.

The relationship between income and food Consumption patterns in urban Nakuru

This thesis reports on a study carried out in Nakuru Municipality to determine the relationship between income status and food consumption patterns of its Indigenous Africans. Residents from three different income groups, i .e. high, mid, and low were interviewed using a structured questionniare, to determine their food consumption as well as their income status. Food consumption patterns were defined in terms of consumption frequency, expenditure, and the quantity consumed of selected food items. The consumption of two nutrients was also looked into.

Building enabling legal frameworks for sustainable land use investments in Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique :A synthesis,

The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) assessed the legal frameworks for major resource sectors in Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique to analyze whether and to what extent they enable sustainable investments. Relevant international standards suggest that sustainable investments integrate socioeconomic and environmental concerns, bound together by the rule of law.

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