The Influence of Socio-Economic Characteristics on Commercialization of Smallholder Dairy Value Chain Development in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya
Livelihoods of many rural households in developing economies majorly depend on smallholder farming activities. Smallholder dairy farming is the single largest component of agriculture in Kenya. Uasin Gishu County is the leading milk producer in Kenya with subsistence, semi-commercialized and commercialized farmers constituting 70%, 20% and 10% respectively. Smallholder dairy farming in Kenya grows at 4.1% per annum compared to 1.2% for agriculture as a whole. Commercializing smallholder dairy value chain is important in providing pathway out of poverty and for sustainable rural development. Commercialization of smallholder dairy value chain development is variable and is not yet high enough to enable producers benefit from increased income and stimulate rural development. This may be influenced by Socio-economic characteristics of the smallholder producers. The objective of this paper is to examine the influence of socio-economic characteristics on commercialization of smallholder dairy value chain development. Social survey research design was used to obtain both secondary and primary data. A sample size of 384 smallholder dairy producers was studied out of a population of 50,457 respondents. Data analysis procedures used includes: mean, standard deviation, Pearson correlation coefficient, Spearman's rank correlation coefficient and multiple regressions. The study results show that socio-economic characteristics of smallholder dairy producers have significant influence on commercialization of smallholder dairy value chain development.
Moses Ageya Kembe,
Charles Ochola Omondi,
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