Nyeri farming systems viewed from Physical and socio-economic aspects
In this study an attempt has been made at examining in detail the Nyeri smallholder farming systems. The main emphasis has been laid on the potentials that these systems hold in achieving the nation's ultimate goal of food self-sufficiency. The study's hypotheses are invpstigate~ on thp basis of an intensi ve socio-economi c survey i'•lsed on 166 smallholder farmers in Nyeri District. By means of statistical analysis the key variables that influence agricultural production performances are identified. Also by employing quantitativ and descriptive analysis the various interacting components and constraints at the farm level are highlighted upon. The study has given special attention to those areas of institutional support services that are critical for rural developwent. It has emphasized most strongly the need for co-ordinating project activities in order to effectively address the key development problems that grow out of the - basic causes of poverty and under-development .ir, the rural areas - for example indequate community infrastructure, insufficient employment and The study offers a basis for development from the traditional approach in agricultural research and planning to a new paradigm that encourages an integrated rather than piecemeal approaches to rural development. The study thus far recommends further lines of research and has highlighted upon planning policies that could help link research work into the wider areas of national economic and resource planning. In sum, the major conclusion that emerges out of this study is that, small-holder farmers could and are capable of producing more food and cash income that would go a long way at alleviating hunger and poverty in the rural areas. but their full potential is rarely realized due to lack of adequate support services. If progress will ever be realized in this sector, therefore, more research and finance will have to be channeled into this sector.