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Juma, Dorothy Roseline, 2019. Agriculture at the crossroads : challenges of food security and rural development in Siaya County. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



Africa is always being, portrayed as a continent of poverty and one that needs to develop, and increase its food production. The quest has lead world organizations to launch projects for development and economic growth in Africa where majority are poor. The many years of investment project and programs in development has not yielded much to the alleged poverty. Most countries of Sub Sahara Africa depend on agriculture for subsistence and economic growth. Agricultural production is by small-scale holder farmers, living in rural areas where most are poor and food insecure, despite the contribution to their country’s economy. Why has the many years of poverty eradication not yielded improvement to the alleged high poverty levels? This study considers poverty as structural, the perspective in which, and poverty is, seen as a resultant of wider structures beyond an individual’s control. The study analyses the role of the prevailing institutions, in agricultural development and poverty eradication. The findings indicate that smallscale farmer’s livelihood is, challenged not only by nature, but also by unfavourable institutions that risk their vulnerability to poverty and food insecurity.

Main title:Agriculture at the crossroads
Subtitle:challenges of food security and rural development in Siaya County
Authors:Juma, Dorothy Roseline
Supervisor:Bartholdson, Örjan
Examiner:Hansen, Kjell
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2019
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM009 Rural Development and Natural Resource Management - Master's Programme 120 HEC
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:food security, poverty, small-scale agriculture, rural development
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Development economics and policies
Deposited On:04 Dec 2019 08:07
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