Tropical Grasslands (2003) Volume 37, 219–226

Assessing factors influencing adoption of pastures and fodders amongst smallholder subsistence farmers in selected districts of west Kenya

J.M. WANYAMA1, F.N. MUYEKHO1, A.A.O. MASINDE2, D.T. CHERUIYOT1, J. ODONGO2, M. OJOWI2 AND R. OKEYO2

1 National Agricultural Research Centre, Kitale, Kenya
2 Regional Research Centre, Kisii, Kenya

Abstract

Pastures and fodders are important feeds in livestock production, particularly for low-resource smallholder farmers. However, their productivity is low in terms of quantity and quality. In Kenya, interventions by the Soil Management Project (initiated in 1995) aimed to address these problems. In May 2000, an analytical study was carried out to identify factors influencing the adoption of pastures and fodders. Descriptive statistics and the Logit model were used to identify factors influencing farmersŐ decisions to adopt the technologies. Factors significantly affecting the adoption of pasture and fodder technologies included: years of farming, off-farm income, years in school, farmer participation in trial implementation and age of farmer. It is concluded that interventions addressing these factors are expected to have high impact in terms of number of adopters.

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