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Title:Schooling and agricultural productivity in Western Kenya
Authors:Eisemon, T.O.ISNI
Nyamete, A.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development
Geographic term:Kenya
small farms
farm management
Abstract:The findings reported here were obtained from a pilot study of small landholders in the Wanjara sublocation of Kisii District in western Kenya. Aim was to clarify the interrelationship between schooling, capacity to effectively use agricultural chemicals, and farm output. Since emphasis lies on how schooling might influence resource allocation decisions, the paper starts with a consideration of the factors which influence resource allocation decisions. Although little evidence was found to support the notion that schooling fosters greater concern for efficiency, risk taking, price sensitivity, and other aspects of economic 'rationality', schooled farmers often made more 'scientific' assessments of possible changes in their cropping practices, they attached more importance to the improvement of production practices with modern technology, and they spent more on agricultural chemicals. Bibliogr.