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Strangling by Design; The Tragedy of Small Scale Farmers in Kenya

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Joram Ngugi Kamau

Department of Agricultural Economics Egerton University-Kenya.

*Corresponding author: Joram Ngugi Kamau, Email: ngugij88@gmail.com


The agrarian economy in Kenya is characterized by diminutive benefits by most small scale farmers from the agricultural supply chain due to the venomous gluttony of the most central actors in the value chain. Small scale farmers are positioned as net losers in the whole agricultural value chain but can’t quit for survival reasons. While this is the reality in the country, small scale farmers find themselves in a quagmire of choosing their marauder; brokers or the government. The former is ruthless while the latter is a smokescreen. The study used descriptive statistics using SPSS software to depict the insatiable appetite by the middlemen and government captors who frustrates the agrarian economy in the country. There are no standardized metric measures that guide the buying of agricultural commodities at the farm gate by the middle men. Prices are malevolently dictated by the brokers where the farmers have to swallow the bitter pills due to their economic detriments. The government on the other hand makes payments at their own pace without considering the economic survival of the farmers. Time value for money is not a factor in government’s institutions and breach of contracts has been a norm. For a country that aspires to be food secure, the import mentality of agricultural produces by ‘tenderpreneurs’ must be dismantled from the onset. Frustrating local production to pave way for the lucrative import business is a mistake that no nation can afford to commit especially if it’s the only sector it has a comparative advantage in.


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Strangling by Design; The Tragedy of Small Scale Farmers in Kenya

How to cite this paper: Kamau, J.N. (2019) Strangling by Design; The Tragedy of Small Scale Farmers in Kenya. International Journal of Food Science and Agriculture, 3(3), 253-256.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijfsa.2019.09.015

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