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Factors influencing the intensity of market participation by smallholder farmers: A case study of rural and peri-urban areas of Kenya

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  • Omiti, John M.
  • Otieno, David Jakinda
  • Nyanamba, Timothy O.
  • McCullough, Ellen
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    Participation in commercial agriculture holds considerable potential for unlocking suitable opportunity sets necessary for providing better incomes and sustainable livelihoods for small-scale farmers. This study examined factors that influence the intensity of market participation among smallholder farmers in Kenya. Data was obtained through a rapid rural appraisal and a household survey. A truncated regression model was applied in the analysis. Results showed that farmers in peri-urban areas sold higher proportions of their output than those in rural areas. Distance from farm to point of sale is a major constraint to the intensity of market participation. Better output price and market information are key incentives for increased sales. These findings demonstrate the urgent need to strengthen market information delivery systems, upgrade roads in both rural and peri-urban areas, encourage market integration initiatives, and establish more retail outlets with improved market facilities in the remote rural villages in order to promote production and trade in high value commodities by rural farmers.

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    Article provided by African Association of Agricultural Economists in its journal African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

    Volume (Year): 03 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:afjare:56958

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    Keywords: Smallholder farmers; Intensity; Market participation; Kenya; Marketing;

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    Cited by:
    1. Bardhan, Dwaipayan & Sharma, M.L. & Saxena, Raka, 2012. "Market Participation Behaviour of Smallholder Dairy Farmers in Uttarakhand: A Disaggregated Analysis," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 25(2).
    2. Otieno, David Jakinda & Hubbard, Lionel J. & Ruto, Eric, 2012. "Determinants of technical efficiency in beef cattle production in Kenya," 2012 Conference, August 18-24, 2012, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil 125853, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
    3. Sigei, Geoffrey & Bett, Hillary & Kibet, Lawrence, 2014. "Determinants of Market Participation among Small-scale Pineapple Farmers in Kericho County, Kenya," MPRA Paper 56149, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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