The Influence of Soil Fertility Improvement Technologies on Household Food Security among Small-Scale Farmers in Kyuso Sub-County, Kitui County, Kenya

Abstract: This study was done in Kyuso Sub-County which is located in Kitui County, Kenya. The Sub-County suffers from food insecurity which is linked to declining agricultural productivity. The government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Agriculture, and other development partners have, continuously promoted on-farm soil fertility improvement technologies. Despite these efforts food insecurity has been rampant in the Sub-County. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of soil fertility improvement technologies on household food security among small-scale farmers in Kyuso Sub-County. Soil fertility improvement technologies examined were farmyard manure, compost manure, application of mineral fertilizers, fallowing, crop rotation and crop residues. The study was carried out in Kamuongo Division of Kyuso Sub-County using the descriptive survey design. Structured interview schedule was used as the main tool of inquiry to gather data from selected households within the division. Questionnaires were administered to a sample 140 farmers through face-to-face interviews. The multiple linear regression model was used to analyze data. The results revealed that, at 5% level, soil fertility improvement technologies did not significantly influence house hold food security in Kyuso Sub-County.

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[Titus Masila, Maurice O. Udoto, James Obara (2015); The Influence of Soil Fertility Improvement Technologies on Household Food Security among Small-Scale Farmers in Kyuso Sub-County, Kitui County, Kenya Int. J. of Adv. Res. 3 (2). 0] (ISSN 2320-5407). www.journalijar.com

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