Socioeconomic Constraints to Sustainable Cocoyam Production in the Lake Victoria Crescent

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dc.contributor.author Serem, A.K.
dc.contributor.author Palapala, Valerie Adema
dc.contributor.author Talwana, H.
dc.contributor.author Nandi, J. O. M.
dc.contributor.author Ndabikunze, B.
dc.contributor.author Korir, M. K.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-25T09:38:49Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-25T09:38:49Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://erepo.usiu.ac.ke/11732/4504
dc.description Journal Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Cocoyam production has the potential of significantly improving the food security status and income levels of farmers in the Lake Victoria region. The study covered various areas of the three East African states, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania as follows: Kisumu, Kakamega and Siaya districts in Kenya; Bukoba in Tanzania; and Mukono, Wakiso and Kampala in Uganda. Structured questionnaires were used to collect data from a total of 283 respondents. Results showed that farmers had an adequate level of education that enabled them utilize cocoyam production technologies. However, land scarcity was the major factor limiting cocoyam cultivation. This was attributed to the fact that cocoyam cultivation was restricted to wetlands, which was already a limited resource in the region. Other factors such as diseases, weeds, pests, scarcity of labour, unavailability of extension services and planting material and improved varieties, among others influenced the production of the crop. Research and development agencies in the study area need to develop appropriate cocoyam production technologies to mitigate existing constraints en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academic Journals en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology Vol. 2 (10), pp. 305-308, October, 2008;
dc.subject Cocoyam Production en_US
dc.subject Social and Economic Constraints en_US
dc.subject Lake Victoria Region en_US
dc.title Socioeconomic Constraints to Sustainable Cocoyam Production in the Lake Victoria Crescent en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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