Vol. 2, Issue 8 (2015)
Socio-Economic Factors Influencing Farmers’ participation in Demand driven extension services among small scale farmers: A Case of National agriculture and livestock extension programme (NALEP) In Moiben, Uasin County, Kenya
Author(s): Mwakuwona Judith Ngele, Eudia Arusei, Christopher Saina
Abstract: Demand-driven agriculture extension services emphasize the need to provide services that meet the needs and priorities of farmers. In Kenya demand driven extension services were implemented through National agriculture and livestock extension programme (NALEP) that started in the year 2000 and ended in December2011. The programme generally aimed at providing efficient extension services for increased production, food security, higher incomes and improved environment. Though the programme targeted rural populations engaged in agriculture, with a specific focus on pro-poorness and non-discriminatory access to the program not all farmers in Moiben Sub County participated. The purpose of this study was to access socio-economic factors that influenced farmers’ participation in NALEP among small scale farmers in Moiben, Uasin Gishu County. The study adopted descriptive survey method and the sampling frame comprised of respondents drawn from household heads, department of Agriculture extension officers and farmer representatives. Analysis of the study findings revealed that only age and level of education of the household head influenced farmers’ decision to participate in NALEP programme. The study recommended that Uasin-Gishu County should sensitize the farmers on the importance of participationg in extension programmes and invest on education in order to improve on literacy level that affects participation significantly.