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Moi University (2016)

Farmers’ Perceptions Of The impact Of Soil Erosion on Maize Production In Soy Division, Elgeiyo-marakwet County, Kenya

Kangogo, Michael Kandie

Titre : Farmers’ Perceptions Of The impact Of Soil Erosion on Maize Production In Soy Division, Elgeiyo-marakwet County, Kenya

Auteur : Kangogo, Michael Kandie

Université de soutenance : Moi University

Grade : MASTER OF ARTS IN GEOGRAPHY 2016

Présentation
Soil erosion is a major problem especially in arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya and cause significant effects to agricultural production particularly on rain fed cultivation. This study aimed to examine farmers’ perception of the impact of soil erosion on maize production in Soy Division, Elgeiyo-Marakwet County, Kenya. It was guided by the following specific objectives : to examine farmers’ knowledge of soil erosion, to assess factors that influence soil erosion, to explore farmers’ perceived impacts of soil erosion on maize production, and to assess soil erosion mitigation measures. The study was based on Marginal Zone Theory of Lewis Binford and Kent Flannery (2005). This study utilized descriptive survey design and used probability proportionate to size (PPS) random sampling technique and simple random sampling method. Secondary data was collected through review of materials including books, websites and published and unpublished reports. Primary data was sourced through questionnaires and interview schedules administered to a sample size of 135 subjects out of a target population of 5993 heads of households and informants through face-to-face interviews that included government officials, NGOs and CBOs, and chiefs who were selected through non- Probability sampling ; purposive sampling. Field observations were also carried out through observation checklists to ascertain the information collected by the above instruments. The reliability of the questionnaire was determined using test-retest technique after being piloted in three locations of the Division. The data was recorded and analyzed using qualitative ; narrative, and quantitative technique ; descriptive statistical methods including frequencies, means and percentages then presented in form of tables, charts and graphs.

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