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Effect of financial knowledge on performance of women farm enterprises in Kenya

Josephine Cherotich (Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, Egerton University, Egerton, Kenya)
Oscar Ingasia Ayuya (Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, Egerton University, Egerton, Kenya)
Kenneth W. Sibiko (Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, School of Agriculture and Food Security, Maseno University, Maseno, Kenya)

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2044-0839

Article publication date: 25 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Financial knowledge (FK) is considered one of the major factors influencing performance of farm enterprises. The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of FK on performance of women farm enterprises. Performance is measured using levels of savings and enterprise margins.

Design/methodology/approach

The study uses primary data of 384 farmers from three sub-counties in Kericho County, Kenya. It employs a propensity score matching (PSM) approach to control for possible selection bias and to model the impact of FK on performance of women farm enterprises.

Findings

The analysis reveals that high FK has a significant positive impact on performance of women farm enterprises. Specifically, respondents with higher levels of FK were also associated with higher amounts of savings and enterprise margins.

Research limitations/implications

Econometrically, robust strategies were employed using PSM to ensure minimal estimation bias. Although PSM captures selection bias due to observable characteristics, it fails to capture selection bias due to unobservable factors.

Originality/value

The paper contributes to the growing debate on the role played by FK on performance of small and micro enterprises. It provides insights on the state of FK among women farmers and identifies knowledge gaps and policy implications from a developing country perspective.

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Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). The financial support and comments from the internal and anonymous reviewers are hereby acknowledged. The authors would like to thank the women farm entrepreneurs in Kericho County for contributing to the preparation of this paper.

Citation

Cherotich, J., Ayuya, O.I. and Sibiko, K.W. (2019), "Effect of financial knowledge on performance of women farm enterprises in Kenya", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 294-311. https://doi.org/10.1108/JADEE-06-2018-0083

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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