Influence of multi-stakeholder linkages and practices on the adoption of technologies and innovations in lower Eastern Kenya

The study is an assessment of how the factors related to multi-stakeholder linkages and practices (MSLIAD) influence the adoption of Gadam sorghum technologies and practices by farmers in six sub-counties in lower eastern Kenya where past public-private-partnership development initiatives have been implemented. The factors studied included: (i) farmers’ attitude towards MSLIAD, (ii) prevailing policies, (iii) coordination of stakeholders in production and provision of services, (iv) competition among the stakeholders, (v) information sharing among the stakeholders, and (vi) collective action in access to markets. Stratified random sampling was used to select 165 household heads who were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Data were analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. Significant (p <.05) negative influences were found to exist between the MSLIAD factors and the adoption of technologies and practices by the farmers. Strong linkages between research, policy and practice were found necessary to enhance technology adoption. Further, existing linkages should be clearly defined for proper coordination of information sharing and feedback across all communication levels.

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Mar 31 2018
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African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD), 3, 1
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