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The Implication of Socio-Economic Characteristics of the Farmers on their Level of Participation in Rice Irrigation Management for sustainable household food security in Kisumu County, Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Margaret Awuor Mitema, Felix Ngunzo Kioli2 Dr Benson Ojwang
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-07T11:27:25Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-07T11:27:25Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.maseno.ac.ke/handle/123456789/3330
dc.description.abstract Community participation in rice irrigation management as acknowledged world over has the potential to boost sustainable household food security. Despite the transfer of irrigation management to rice farmers in Ahero and West Kano irrigation schemes in Kisumu County, Kenya since 2004, recent studies show that there is very minimal participation of the farmers in rice irrigation management, leading to less impact on rice production hence inconsistent household food availability. Consequently, this study sought to examine the implications of socio-economic characteristics of the farmers and their level of participation in rice irrigation management. The study was guided by Participation theory by Arstein (1969) which portrays desired change as something that actualized through collective actions of all participants. The study used cross-sectional descriptive research design and mixed method paradigm for data collection methods and analysis. Out of seven (7) variables tested, only farm size did not have any significant influence on participation in rice irrigation management for sustainable household food security. The other six (6) variables, age, gender, level of education, residential status, farm size, experience in rice farming and income earned from rice farming had significant influence. Thus, the null hypothesis was rejected and alternative, "There is significant relationship between the socioeconomic characteristics of the farmers and level of participation" accepted. However, all variables except experience in rice farming, had negative influence on participation in rice irrigation management for sustainable household food security in Ahero and West Kano rice irrigation schemes. The study concluded that there was the minimal participation of farmers in rice irrigation management due to socio-economic factors including inadequate farmers' management capacity among others. The study, therefore, recommends empowerment of farmers through training and review of irrigation Act to allow both male and female farmers to have more control over rice management to improve on rice production, hence food security en_US
dc.publisher Research on Humanities and Social Sciences en_US
dc.subject Socio-economic characteristics, community participation, rice irrigation scheme, irrigation management, food security en_US
dc.title The Implication of Socio-Economic Characteristics of the Farmers on their Level of Participation in Rice Irrigation Management for sustainable household food security in Kisumu County, Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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