Effects of rural transport on socio-economic development of rural dwellers in South Imenti District, Meru County

Socio-economic development and subsequent economic growth on the African continent is hampered by several limiting factors, including the lack of adequate roads infrastructure. Investment in transport infrastructure in Africa plays a significant role' in stimulating development. This study sought to determine the effects of rural transport on socio-economic development of rural dwellers in South Imenti district, Meru County.

Effects of rural transport on socio-economic development of rural dwellers in South Imenti District, Meru County

Socio-economic development and subsequent economic growth on the African continent is hampered by several limiting factors, including the lack of adequate roads infrastructure. Investment in transport infrastructure in Africa plays a significant role' in stimulating development. This study sought to determine the effects of rural transport on socio-economic development of rural dwellers in South Imenti district, Meru County.

Camel mik hygiene: analysis of camel milk contamination in Garissa and Wajir counties in Kenya

Camel rearing is a common practice in the arid areas of Africa where regular droughts followed by famine are common. Camel milk is known to have high nutritional values as well as medicinal properties as the camel browse on natural trees and bushes .Camel milk as become very popular not only among traditional Somali people but to the general public as well.

An Assessment Of The Demand For Meat In Rural And Peri-urban Areas Of Central Kenya

This study examines the consumption patterns of four meat types in rural and peri-urban Central Kenya. The study used cross-sectional data gathered from a household consumption survey of 447 households conducted between June and August 2012 in three towns of central Kenya namely Mwea, Njabini and Ol-kalou. The Almost Ideal Demand System (AIDS) model was employed to estimate the demand elasticities. All estimated own-price elasticities were negative to satisfy the law of demand.

Awareness and use of m-banking services in agriculture: The case of smallholder farmers in Kenya

Smallholder farmer access to agricultural finance has been a major constraint to agricultural commercialization in developing countries. The ICT revolution in Africa has however brought an opportunity to ease this constraint. The mobile phone-based banking services that started in Kenya urban centers have spread to rural areas and even other countries. Using these services farmers could receive funds invest in agriculture finance transactions. This study examines the awareness and use of m-banking services among rural farmers in Kenya.

Factors influencing household decision making in the control of ticks In Trans Nzoia district

his anthropological study explores the factors influencing decision making process on the control of ticks at the farm level. It describes the present system of tick control management at the household level and sought to identify and discuss the new techniques currently being used to control ticks and manage tick-borne diseases in Trans-Nzoia District. Samples for the study were purposively selected from livestock farmers in Trans-Nzoia. Questionnaires were administered to forty five farmers (45).

Crop cultivation in Nakuru town, Kenya: Practice and potential

In Nakuru town (northwest of Nairobi, Kenya), two out of five households were living in conditions of absolute poverty in 1997. Farming in town is one of the ways people employ to cope with this problem. Based on a survey held in 1999 among almost 600 households, it is estimated that about 30 percent of the Nakuru population is engaged in crop cultivation in town. Following a general discussion of crop cultivation in sub-Saharan Africa and more particularly Kenya, this paper answers the following questions: what crops are cultivated in Nakuru town and on what types of plots?

Genotypic competition in field beans (phaseolus vulgaris L) varieties

Beans in Kenya are normally grown by small scale farmers in mixtures for subsistence agriculture. These mixture often comprise landraces or improved cultivars. Farmers do not select the most sui table cultivars for the combination in this system of cultivation. There is also little information available on the effects of competitive interactions on the production of such mixtures. This study was designed to study genotype interactions and hence analyse the effect of competition on the performance of established bean cultivars.

Food standards, smallholder farmers and participation in high value fresh export markets

The last two decades have witnessed many developing countries diversify exports into non traditional fresh exports (NTFE), especially fresh fruits and vegetable. The diversification has been driven by globalization and changing consumer lifestyle among others. The NTFE are grown mainly by smallholder farmers in developing countries. As the trade with developing countries has expanded, so have been the demands for compliance with very stringent food safety standards. What has been the effect of these standards on smallholder farmer participation in the NTFE value chain?

A productivity index based on population dynamics and energy flow at the herd or flock level

Animal products include liveweight, deadweight, milk, wool, work and manure. Feed energy is the most relevant input that can easily be linked to other inputs. A bio-economic productivity index is total output value per unit dry matter intake. It depends on fitness traits, performance levels, energy flow constants and unit produce values. They can be freely set in a microcomputer program (PRY) performing productivity assessments for the stationary state of population dynamics.

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