Market Information Factors Influencing Market Access by Smallholder Cereal Farmers in Buuri Sub-County

  • Salome Ntinyari School of Business & Economics, Kenya Methodist University
  • Clement Nkaabu School of Business & Economics, Kenya Methodist University
  • Wilson Muema School of Business & Economics, Kenya Methodist University
Keywords: smallholder, farmers, market access, market information

Abstract

This study aimed at establishing the market information factors that affect market access by smallholder cereal farmers in Buuri Sub-County. A survey of 380 smallholder cereal farmers was carried out in Buuri Sub-County. Access to markets is a vital requirement for the smallholder farmers to reap the benefits associated with farming. Singh (2012) noted that any effort on poverty reduction especially in Africa are closely linked to small farms with the livelihood of 2.2 billion people still linked to small scale agriculture. Descriptive research was adopted for this study, data was collecting using well structured and validated questionnaires. Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) was used to analyse the dataset while a logistic regression analysis was conducted. The research established that availability of market information has a significant effect on market access while source and cost of market information did not have an effect on market access. The study recommends that farmers should be sensitized on the use of formal agricultural information from government agricultural officers.

Author Biographies

Salome Ntinyari, School of Business & Economics, Kenya Methodist University

School of Business & Economics

Clement Nkaabu, School of Business & Economics, Kenya Methodist University

School of Business & Economics

Wilson Muema, School of Business & Economics, Kenya Methodist University

Lecturer

School of Business & Economics

Published
2017-07-31