Jack Odhiambo Malit, Mary Wairimu Kiiru Mathenge, Augustus Muluvi
Influence of postharvest losses on household welfare among aquafarmers in Kenya
Periodikum: Review of Agricultural and Applied Economics
Klíčová slova: aquafarming; household welfare; postharvest loss
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Purpose of the article: This paper analyses the effects of postharvest losses on household welfare among aquafarmers in Kenya.
Methods: Primary data was collected in Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nyeri, Kakamega and Siaya Counties in Kenya. Semi-structured questionnaires were used to collect the data on a sample size of about 300 farmers. This study used a two stage least square was used to analyse the effects of postharvest losses on household welfare. Access to preservation facilities and distance to the market were considered instrumental variables in the model.
Findings & Value added: Results indicated that postharvest losses were negatively significant on household welfare. On the other hand, farmer’s age, ownership of land, and the size of land under crop were also significant on household welfare. Due to inaccessible markets, postharvest losses result in to decline in farmers' income, hence welfare loss. The study recommended investment in preservation facilities and road infrastructure to reduce the number of postharvest losses in fish in an attempt to improve the welfare of farmers.