Journal of
Development and Agricultural Economics

  • Abbreviation: J. Dev. Agric. Econ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9774
  • DOI: 10.5897/JDAE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 514

Full Length Research Paper

Logistic regression analysis on factors influencing income-poverty among smallholder French bean farmers in Kirinyaga County, Kenya

Noah Kibet
  • Noah Kibet
  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Egerton University, P. O. Box 536-20115, Egerton, Kenya.
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Job Lagat
  • Job Lagat
  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Egerton University, P. O. Box 536-20115, Egerton, Kenya.
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Gideon Obare
  • Gideon Obare
  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Egerton University, P. O. Box 536-20115, Egerton, Kenya.
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  •  Received: 24 April 2019
  •  Accepted: 24 October 2019
  •  Published: 31 December 2019

Abstract

The study determined factors affecting income-poverty among French bean farmers in Kirinyaga County, Kenya. Results show that 72.6% of French bean farmers were poor. Relative to the poor households, non-poor had the highest net French bean income per acre (KES. 24,133), total net crop income (KES. 150,608), total net livestock income (KES. 21,674), and off-farm income (KES. 198,070). Aversion to risks (p=0.051 and β=-2.802), household size (p=0.000 and β=-5.032), daily household expenditure per adult equivalent (p=0.001 and β=2.016), net annual household income (p=0.000 and β=7.733), access to credit (p=0.086 and β=1.187), household annual asset value (p=0.051 and β=-0.482) and age of household head (p=0.066 and β=-2.009) statistically and significantly influenced poverty status of French bean farmers. The results suggest that crop insurance, farm diversification and expansion of acreage under Global-GAP certified French bean are necessary strategies for French bean farmers to alleviate household poverty.

Key words: Smallholder farmers, French bean, global-GAP standards, determinants, income-poverty