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UK Research and Innovations (2019)

Farmer’s decision making process : lessons from rural farming communities in Ethiopia & Kenya

Rural Farming

Titre : Farmer’s decision making process : lessons from rural farming communities in Ethiopia & Kenya

Pays/Région : Ethiopia and Kenya

Durée : sept. 19 - sept. 22

Référence projet : 2386717
Catégorie : Studentship

Résumé
Agriculture a major source of livelihoods in both Ethiopia and Kenya as it dominates the landscapes of each thus greatly impacting the environments and ecosystems of the region. The decisions that farmers make and the practices they engage in in and out of the fields have broad reaching impacts and consequences not only on the environment, but also in their households, communities, nationally and globally. It is well understood that a multitude of intrinsic and extrinsic factors help shape a farmer’s decision. What is not understood as well are the connections between those socio economic factors that influence farmers and the agroecological outcomes in the field and vice versa ; how agroecological factors influence a farmer’s socio economic decisions and behaviours. This research project seeks to fill in that knowledge gap by studying smallholder farmers in Ethiopia and Kenya.

This project is funded by an ESRC Studentship Grant and is in partnership with the Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK). PAN UK is a national charity that is in collaboration with other Pesticide Action Networks around the globe. PAN UK has been working with PAN Ethiopia since 2013 to eliminate the use of pesticides in cotton and vegetable production through the implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies. Additionally, PAN UK and PAN Ethiopia were able to help 200 farmers become the first Organically Certified cotton farmers in the country providing the farmers with price premiums for their crop and healthier fields. The similarities and differences among these farmers along with others who have and have not worked with PAN UK and PAN Ethiopia in other capacities allow for an investigation into how certain farmers in a similar area make individual decisions and innovate. The framework and methodology that will come from this project will also be studied in north western Kenya through farmer observations and field interviews. I hypothesise that the similarities and differences between these three groups of farmers (certified Organic, IPM but not certified Organic and conventional) will shed light on how these farmers make decisions regarding their livelihoods and generate and implement innovations on and off of their farms.

Lead Research Organisation : School of Oriental & African Studies

Financement : Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

UK Research and Innovations

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