Diversification of Household Livelihood Strategies for Tobacco Small- holder Farmers: A Case Study of Introducing Bamboo in the South Nyanza Region, Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Kibwage, Jacob K.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-13T08:50:27Z
dc.date.available 2015-01-13T08:50:27Z
dc.date.issued 2006-10-23
dc.identifier.citation Bamboo for the Environment, Development and Trade Abstracts and Papers International Bamboo Workshop Wuyishan City, Fujian, China 23 October 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://tobaccotobamboo.org/Publications/Conference%20Proceedings/Diversification%20of%20%20Livelihood%20Strategies%20%20for%20Tobacco%20Small.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/573
dc.description.abstract Most of the tobacco production in Kenya is taking place in the Southern Nyanza Region, western Kenya. The land under tobacco has continued to grow rapidly at the expense of traditional food crops and livestock activities, with high demands on wood-fuel, serious health issues, and demanding in terms of the farmer’s time. All these tobacco issues have led to increased poverty levels in the region. This kind of scenario calls for research that can solve a multiple of problems, i.e. economic and political problems, socio-cultural and gender issues, food insecurity concerns, occupational and environmental health hazards, and environmental concerns. This paper outlines the vision of the on-going 3-year research project on how tobacco production can be controlled through the diversification of household livelihood strategies among tobacco small-holder farmers. The study in particular is investigating on the existing potential of introducing Bamboo as an alternative and viable crop in the region. The other major task being undertaken is the analysis and ranking of the local household livelihood strategies used by tobacco and non-tobacco farmers in the study area. The study will also involve a detailed assessment of marketing dynamics on bamboo products as a feedback to investment in the tobacco industry. The research methodology being adopted involves the review of relevant literatures, field experimentations/demonstrations, local community household surveys and Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRAs) with stakeholder identification and analysis, and focused group discussions for meeting the data requirements of the research project. The vision of the project is toturn-around the dependence of local livelihoods on tobacco to bamboo cultivation in the long term through implementation of an action plan to be developed. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Tobacco en_US
dc.subject Poverty en_US
dc.subject Bamboo en_US
dc.subject Sustainable Livelihood en_US
dc.subject Action Plan en_US
dc.title Diversification of Household Livelihood Strategies for Tobacco Small- holder Farmers: A Case Study of Introducing Bamboo in the South Nyanza Region, Kenya en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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