African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6577

Full Length Research Paper

Determinants of smallholder farmers’ awareness of agricultural extension devolution in Kenya

Irene Teresia Muatha
  • Irene Teresia Muatha
  • Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.
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David Jakinda Otieno
  • David Jakinda Otieno
  • Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.
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Rose Adhiambo Nyikal
  • Rose Adhiambo Nyikal
  • Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.
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  •  Received: 20 July 2017
  •  Accepted: 20 October 2017
  •  Published: 21 December 2017

Abstract

The devolved governance structure in Kenya places the provision of agricultural sector services such as extension at the local units. However, farmers’ awareness on this aspect and where services are available remains limited and often, there is confusion. In order to provide clarity and enhance the understanding of extension service delivery, this study sought to characterize farmers’ awareness of agricultural extension devolution and analyze factors that influence their awareness. Data was collected in Meru County using semi-structured questionnaires through face-to-face interviews on a representative multi-stage sample of 288 farmers. A binary logit model was applied to analyze the determinants of farmers’ awareness. Slightly less than half of the respondents indicated that they were aware of agricultural extension devolution. The factors that were found to significantly enhance awareness are attendance to farmer field days, land tenure security, income and education.

Key words: Extension-devolution, farmers, awareness, Kenya.