From Field to Feed trough: Examining the Drivers of Feed and Fodder Technologies Uptake among Pastoral Beef Farmers in Kenya

Purity Kaburu *

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (KALRO), Beef Research Institute (BRI), P.O. Box-0000, Lanet, Nakuru, Kenya.

Veronica Metto

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (KALRO), Beef Research Institute (BRI), P.O. Box-0000, Lanet, Nakuru, Kenya.

Tura Isako

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (KALRO), Beef Research Institute (BRI), P.O. Box-0000, Lanet, Nakuru, Kenya.

Gideon Muriithi

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (KALRO), Beef Research Institute (BRI), P.O. Box-0000, Lanet, Nakuru, Kenya.

David Njenga

Advanta Seeds, Nairobi, Kenya.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Adoption of technologies and effective management practices in the pastoral beef systems are necessary for improved productivity and resilient agricultural systems. This study examined the factors influencing the adoption of Technology Innovations and Management Practices (TIMPs) among pastoral beef farmers in Isiolo and Kajiado counties. Employing a cross-sectional approach and utilizing the Seemingly Unrelated Regression (SURe) model, the research explores the intricate dynamics that shape farmers' decisions regarding three key TIMPs; planted fodder, feed supplementation, and fodder conservation. Using a systematic sampling technique, a sample size of 619 pastoral farmers was adopted.  This research seeks to uncover the underlying motivations and barriers, understanding the complex relationships between resource accessibility, socio-economic considerations, and the role of extension services in facilitating technology adoption. The research underscores the importance of addressing specific barriers, including limited access to resources and socio-economic constraints faced by these farmers. The evidence-based strategies derived from this research paves the way for scientifically informed interventions to propel the livestock sector in Kenya towards a sustainable future. The study's recommendations emphasize the need for targeted policies that prioritize market accessibility, technology awareness and information access, thus effectively supporting the adoption of TIMPs among pastoral beef farmers. Implementing these recommendations contributes to strengthening of resilience of the livestock sector and the advancement of sustainable agricultural practices in Kenya.

Keywords: Technology innovations and management practices (TIMPs), fodder conservation, feed supplementation, planted fodder


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Kaburu, P., Metto, V., Isako, T., Muriithi, G., & Njenga, D. (2024). From Field to Feed trough: Examining the Drivers of Feed and Fodder Technologies Uptake among Pastoral Beef Farmers in Kenya. Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology, 42(5), 36–47. https://doi.org/10.9734/ajaees/2024/v42i52411

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