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Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences (2018)

Integrating Climate Smart Agriculture interventions in small holder dairy feed value chain in Githunguri and Ruiru sub-counties, Kiambu county, Kenya

SHUMBA HONOUR SHEPHERD

Titre : Integrating Climate Smart Agriculture interventions in small holder dairy feed value chain in Githunguri and Ruiru sub-counties, Kiambu county, Kenya

Auteur : SHUMBA HONOUR SHEPHERD

Université de soutenance : Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Grade : Master in Agriculture Production Chain Management, specialising in Livestock Chains 2018

Résumé partiel
Climate change has caused dilapidation of the environment, droughts and floods leading to reduced yields, productivity and ultimately food insecurity for human consumption. Unfortunately, it is our contact with the environment that has led to all this, but most people are not aware. The three gases contributing much to greenhouse gas emissions include nitrogen, methane and carbon dioxide. Hence this research focused on unravelling farmer’s knowledge on climate smart agriculture, his performance on the dairy feed production and how he can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The goal is to evaluate how we can integrate best agronomic practices in feed production. The main problem is insufficient production of quality dairy feed. The main causes are ; Inadequate land size, low herbage production, inexplicit land tenure system, low soil fertility and expensive feed supplements. The main effects are increased use of fertilisers, increased methane production and reduced seasonal milk production leading to increased green-house gas emissions and reduced farmer income. The problem owner is Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Science. Smallholder farmers in Githunguri and Ruiru are producing milk on very small pieces of land. They are concentrating more on production because they are not aware of the implications of heir action on climate change. They need the information and knowledge on appropriate climate smart agriculture practises, technologies, institutional innovations and performance in order to integrate climate smart agriculture in dairy feed production. Tis thesis assesses integration of climate smart agriculture in Githunguri and Ruiru feed value chain for feed security at household level.

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