Constraints and Opportunities in Peanut Production and Marketing in Nyakach and Karachuonyo of Nyanza Kenya


Authors : George Odunga; Prof. Beneah Mutsotso; Prof. Sheila Okoth

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 6 - June

Google Scholar : https://bit.ly/3IIfn9N

DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6972716

According to Food Agriculture Organization World Food Summit in 1996, Food security exists when all people at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Food production is basic to the survival of any nation, be it at individual, family or national level. This therefore means that food production should have top priority since no meaningful development in economic, social or cultural sphere is possible without it. However, in Kenya, with a population of more than 47 million people, there have been several challenges facing agricultural sectors leading to low production thus food insecurity in most parts of the country. Kenya is the largest import market for food and agriculture products in East Africa. Kenya imported about 725 million in agriculture products during 2019, up from 525 million in 2017 in an attempt to mitigate the crisis. This implies that the Government of Kenya should come up with policies that ensure people have access to farm inputs, extension services on neglected crops, education on climate change etc to ensure enough food production in Kenya.

Keywords : Smallholder farmers, Peanuts, Food Security, Policy Framework, Economic Development, Agricultural Sector, Kenya

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