Effect of information dissemination pathways on small scale tea production in western Kenya

The yield of tea, an important cash crop in Kenya, has been declining amongst the small scale farmer’s inspite of the research recommendations. A survey was carried out in western Kenya to determine the effect of information dissemination pathways on tea production among the small scale farmers. Extension staff was the main source of information. More than 70% of the farmers were however not satisfied with the information received and the intensity of contact. Socioeconomic characteristics affected access to information and technology. Farmers with formal education had better access to information through a wider range of dissemination channels.
Le rendement de thé, une importante culture commerciale au Kenya, a diminué au sein des petites exploitations agricoles en dépit des recommandations de recherche. Une enquête a été menée à l’ouest du Kenya pour déterminer l’effet des voies de diffusion de l’information sur la production de thé parmi les petits agriculteurs. Le personnel de vulgarisation a été la principale source d’information. Plus de 70% des agriculteurs n’ont cependant pas été satisfaits de l’information reçue et l’intensité du contact. Les caractéristiques socio-économiques ont donné accès à l’information et à la technologie. Les agriculteurs avec éducation formelle ont un meilleur accès à l’information par un large éventail de canaux de diffusion.
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East Africa
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About the RUFORUM 2010 Biennal Conference
"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Information Systems"