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Commercialisation of Agriculture in Kenya: Case Study of Urban Bias on Food Availability in Farm Households

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  • Kiriti, Tabitha
  • Tisdell, Clement A.

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This study investigates the effect of cash cropping on food availability and examines the determinants of the proportion of income allocated for food expenditures in the Nyeri district in Kenya. Using a Tobit model, the results suggest that in general food expenditure allocations suffer due to cash cropping in Kenya as the lump-sum income flows from this may be used for purchases other than food. Food expenditure also suffers when remittances are irregular. On the other hand, earnings from outside employment for married women living with husbands are positively associated with food expenditure allocations. Amounts of non-cash food output as well as ownership of livestock are negatively associated with food expenditure allocations. These findings indicate that lump sum income may not lead to improved welfare of women and children. Thus, there may be social reasons for increasing non-cash food production especially by women, instead of over emphasising cash cropping as now seems to be so in public policy.

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  • Kiriti, Tabitha & Tisdell, Clement A., 2002. "Commercialisation of Agriculture in Kenya: Case Study of Urban Bias on Food Availability in Farm Households," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 102262, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
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    1. Kiriti, Tabitha & Tisdell, Clement A., 2001. "Migration of Husbands, Remittances and Agricultural Production: Impacts when Wives Head Households in Rural Kenya," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 100211, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    2. Tisdell, Clement A., 2000. "The Development of the Solomon Islands: An Analysis of Trends, Issues and Policies," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 100033, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    3. Tisdell, Clement A., 2000. "The Development of Kiribati: An Analysis of Trends, Issues and Policies," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 100031, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    4. Tisdell, Clement A. & Roy, Kartik C. & Ghose, Ananda, 1999. "Sen's Theory of Entitlement and the Deprivation of Females: An Assessment with Indian Illustrations," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 91375, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    5. Tisdell, Clement A., 2000. "The Development of Samoa: An Analysis of Trends, Issues and Policies," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 100032, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    6. Roy, Kartik C. & Tisdell, Clement A. & Ghose, Ananda, 2000. "Institutional Impediments, Entitlement Exchange and Women's Empowerment in Rural India: The Case of Access to Education," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 94399, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    7. Tisdell, Clement A. & Roy, Kartik C., 2000. "The Socio-Economics of Gender Issues in Rural India: Results of Interviews in Three Villages and a Forest Meeting in Eastern India," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 100030, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    8. Tisdell, Clement A., 1999. "Poverty and Economically Deprived Women and Children: Theories, Emerging Policy Issues and Development," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 90632, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    9. Tisdell, Clement A. & Roy, Kartik C., 1999. "Gender Inequality, Development and UNDP's Social Valuation Indices: HDI, GDI and GEM with Particular Reference to India," Social Economics, Policy and Development Working Papers 91376, University of Queensland, School of Economics.
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