Effect of acquisition of farm inputs on the economic empowerment of small holder farmers in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya
Ashioya Laban Etindi, Maurice Sakwa
The main objective of this study is to analyse effect of acquisition of farm inputs on the economic empowerment of small holder farmers in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya. This study is important because its outcome will improve the understanding of the mechanisms under which conservation agriculture contribute to empowerment of rural households. The study used Sustainable livelihoods approach. This study adopted a quantitative approach and employed a cross-sectional design. Stratified random sampling technique was used to select the sample of 150 respondents, consisting of small holder farmers undertaking conservation agriculture practices in Mukothima, Nkondi and Chiakariga wards in Tharaka Nithi County. Primary data was collected using a semi- structured questionnaire. Data was analysed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS version 27). Data was presented in form of bar charts, pie charts and frequency distribution tables for ease of understanding. The findings showed that acquisition of farm inputs; building social capital; and markets access had varied effects on access to household spending on essential goods and services (consumption), household income (sale of farm produce) and income security (savings). Analysis showed that whereas training, workshops, extensions, certified seeds, herbicides, groups, airtime, transport, and brokerage fees had a statistically significant positive relationship with economic empowerment of small holder farmers; crop residue, subscriptions, and market levies had a statistically significant negative relationship. This shows that significant challenges in trade-off crop residues, payment of subscriptions and high market levies hinder the economic empowerment of small holder farmers. The study recommends households to invest in sustainable markets such as cooperative and producers’ associations, as these not only guarantees them continued access to farm inputs, information, and extension services.
Ashioya Laban Etindi, Maurice Sakwa. Effect of acquisition of farm inputs on the economic empowerment of small holder farmers in Tharaka Nithi County, Kenya. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 9, Issue 5, 2022, Pages 69-79