Farmers' adoption of tissue culture Banana technologies in Kiambu District, Kenya; an assessment of their levels of adoption, performance, marketing and contribution to food security
Mugah, Michael S
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The research study sought to examine the benefits that biotechnology had enabled the small scale farmers realize. This was in specific focus to the TC banana technologies introduced by Africa Harvest in 2004. The justification of the study was to find out if indeed the biotechnology research has delivered the benefits, which said to be capable of, have been realized by the smell scale farmers. The research study will be of great help in explaining exactly how the farmers have benefited. The research study findings are expected to be used by the ministry of agriculture and other stake holders. These are such as the Ministries of Water, environment and natural resources, non governmental organizations that are agro-based and other small scale farmers. Related and relevant literature review from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARl), Africa Harvest (A.H), International Service for Acquisition of Agribiotech Applications (ISAAA) and various other scholars were used in the literature review. These articles were critically reviewed for the purposes of generating new knowledge. In order to demonstrate how research and theory relate, the researcher used two appropriate theories to guide the research study. The adoptional-diffusional theory by Rogers M. Everett was use to explain the manner in which the TC banana technology was disseminated amongst the farmers. It also explained the various types of adopters according to their rates of adoption. The participatory approach was used in order to ensure collaboration and consultation between both the researcher and the farmer in a bid to come up with a product that suits their preferences. In chapter four, data analysis and representation was well done by the use of simple descriptive statistics as mentioned earlier. The objectives of the research were investigated, tested and accepted. The conclusions and recommendations were therefore made from this data analysis and presentation. The key recommendation was that the government of Kenya through the Ministry of Agriculture and other stake holders in the agricultural field had the task of seeing the technology spread to other regions of the country as they set up mechanisms to deal with the emerging complications that may be unique to the various regions of adoption.