KARI-Mid Term Implementation Plan 1st Draft Report 2001

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2001
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Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
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The Kenya Agriculture Sector, as the mainstay of the country's economy, provides the basis for the development of other sectors of the economy. It is the source of livelihood for about 80% of the population who live in rural areas. Its direct contribution to GDP is 30%, and it indirectly contributes a further 27% through its linkages with other sectors. Overall, the Agriculture Sector employs about 70% of the total labour force, generates 60% of foreign exchange earnings, provides 75% of industrial raw materials, and 45% of Government revenue. It is important to note the fact that the small-scale agricultural sector is the single largest source of employment in the country, absorbing over 51 % of the labour force. Kenya's agriculture has a large growth multiplier estimated at 1.46 as compared to the non-agricultural sector growth multiplier of about 1.23.
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