KARI-NRI-UK-Kenya Larger Grain Borer Research Project 1992

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1992
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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Recommendations to reduce post-harvest losses in stored maize exist but have not necessarily been extended to farmers as a comprehensive package in Kenya. As part of the Larger Grain Borer Research Project, Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) was used to elicit farmers views of these recommendations, to gain an indication of their appropriateness to the socio-economic, technological, ecological and cultural conditions prevailing in the areas studied, and possible constraints to adoption. The RRA was carried out in the form of group interviews with farmers in the three Divisions covered by the Project's earlier socio-economic survey (Kibwezi, Wundanyi and Oloitokitok). A second objective was to establish the coping strategies used by farm households when maize stocks were exhausted to bridge the gap between the end of one harvest and beginning of the next, since these may also influence the adoption of recommendations.
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