College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences

Agrieconomics Shines in SciVal Metrics 2020 Ranking

The Department of Agricultural Economics has once again made the entire University of Nairobi community proud.This is because ten out of the top five hundred scholars and researchers abstracted under  university of Nairobi by the SciVal perfomance ranking tool come from the Department of Agricultural Economics.

ASSESSMENT OF CONSUMER PURCHASE BEHAVIOUR AND PREFERENCE FOR VALUE-ADDED SWEET POTATO PRODUCTS IN HOMABAY AND NAIROBI COUNTIES, KENYA

The study is guided by the random utility theory and will employ a choice experiment design. Data will be collected using semi structured questionnaires from a random sample of 450 orange-fleshed sweet potato consumers in Homa Bay and Nairobi counties. The analysis will involve a Random Parameter Logit model for the choice experiment and a double bounded logit to assess the consumers’ WTP for a‘sweet potato chapati.’The output of the study will be disseminated as an MSc.

The Role That the Adoption of Climate-Smart Agricultural Technologies (CSAT) Could Play As Potential Remedies To Build Farmer’s Resilience Against Climate Change In Kalehe Territory Of DRC.

Kalehe Territory in South-Kivu Province of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)suffers from food insecurity, malnutrition, and poverty because of many factors including climate change. Of the 26 Provinces in the DRC, South-Kivu Province leads with the highest proportion of stunted children under five at 53%. Within South-Kivu Province, Kalehe Territory leads in the prevalence of chronic malnutrition prevalence at 66%, far exceeding the provincial average of 53%.

A Rwandese ,Benimana Uwera Gilberthe On Impact of Hermetic Storage Technology Adoption on Smallholder Maize Farmers’ Income in Gatsibo District, Rwanda

The growing food demand occasioned by the rising global population is emerging a major issue of global concern. This implies that food production needs to increase in order to meet global food demand. Studies show that more than one-third of the global food production is lost through post harvest operations along food supply chain.

ROLE OF INFORMATION COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES (ICTs) IN ACCESSING INFORMATION ON BEST AGRONOMIC PRACTICES AMONG SMALLHOLDERs TOMATO FARMERS IN KIRINYAGA COUNTY

Stephen Waitugi says tomato farming is of a significant economic importance in Kenya as it is one of the key enterprises among small-holder farmers. However, despite the economic importance, the sector still faces numerous challenges. This includes agronomic challenges such as pests and diseases and physiological disorders, poor post-harvest technologies and institutional constraints such as lack of access to credit and poorly organized rural and urban market infrastructures that permit unpredictable price fluctuation.

Interested in Knowing the Impact of Rice Importation on Liberia's Economy ?Meet Mathew Koyeamai ,a noted Agrieconomist Elaborate it all.

This study analyzes the impact of rice importation on the exchange rate, inflation, and GDP in Liberia. It seeks to unearth the contribution of rice importation to the economic perils facing the country, which is visible by the continuous depreciation of the country’s currency, the continuous rising of the general price level, and the slum in the total output of the country.

Use of Climate Information Services and Impact on Farmers’ Livelihoods in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas of Kenya As Researched by Njoki Wango,A PhD Student in the Department.

Agricultural production in Africa is mainly rain fed and highly vulnerable to climate change and variability. Extreme weather events like droughts, floods and high temperatures affect agricultural production and food security. Use of climate information services can have positive effect on agricultural yields, household incomes, food security, poverty reduction and enhance resilience against climate risks.

Twiga; An Agricultural Technology Company is Invited to Create Latest Agricultural Technologies Awareness To Students By Dr. Evans Chimoita,a Lecturer In The Department of Agricultural Economics

Twiga is a company that creates technology platforms for aiding agricultural farmers to market tomatoes, potatoes, onions, watermelon and bananas by linking them to the market or buying their products and sell them to small scale vendors in the market. It mainly operates in the following counties; Nairobi, Machakos and Kiambu. Also Twiga Foods stores and grade the agricultural produce from farmers before they market them.

A Vibrant Kenyan Agroeconomist Philip Kiriinya Miriti Reports On Comparative Gendered Assessment Of Productivity, Technical Efficiency And Technology Gaps In Sorghum Plots In Three Agro-Ecological Zones Of Uganda

The agricultural sector is faced with productivity differentials among male, female and jointly managed plots especially in developing countries, which affect technical efficiency (TE). In Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) gender productivity differentials vary between 4 and 40%, this negatively affects the overall agricultural output both at the household and national level.