Adoption of African indigenous vegetables into agro-pastoral livelihoods for income and food security

Patience Mlongo Mshenga (Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Egerton University, Egerton, Kenya)
Mwanarusi Saidi (Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soils, Egerton University, Egerton, Kenya)
Agnes O. Nkurumwa (Department of Agricultural Education and Extension, Egerton University, Egerton, Kenya)
Juma Riziki Magogo (Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, Egerton University, Egerton, Kenya)
Shem Ipomai Oradu (Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management, Egerton University, Egerton, Kenya)

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2044-0839

Publication date: 14 November 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to determine the factors influencing adoption of African indigenous vegetables (AIVs) into the agro-pastoral farming systems aiming at improving livelihoods.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is based upon the diffusion theory which is linked to the random utility theory. A survey of 205 agro-pastoral households obtained through multistage sampling technique was used. Factors influencing adoption of AIVs were estimated using a logit model.

Findings

Findings indicate that the acreage under AIVs was still very low compared to other crop enterprises with the most common types of AIVs grown being Solanum nigrum, Amaranthus spp., Cucurbita maxima, Vigna unguiculata, Basella alba and Cleome gynandra. Factors influencing adoption were found to be gender, age, farm size, education level, off-farm income and number of visits to extension officer.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations include reliance on respondents’ willingness to provide correct information.

Originality/value

This paper adds value in its contribution to literature on diversifying agro-pastoral livelihoods through production of AIVs for income and food security.

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Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the funding support for this work from The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) under the CMAAE Faculty Research Grant.

Citation

Mshenga, P., Saidi, M., Nkurumwa, A., Magogo, J. and Oradu, S. (2016), "Adoption of African indigenous vegetables into agro-pastoral livelihoods for income and food security", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 110-126. https://doi.org/10.1108/JADEE-07-2014-0022

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