Economics of Management of Farmer Associations in Western Kenya

Farmer associations (FAs) have the capacity to improve earnings and the general welfare of their members when they are well managed. In this study, we characterise three umbrella FAs in western Kenya namely, Bungoma Small-Scale Farmers Forum (BUSSFO), Mwangaza Farmer Group and ACCAUN in, Bungoma, Vihiga and Teso counties of Western Kenya respectively, and evaluate the influence of their management structure on the operations and sustainability of the associations’ operations. The study also assesses the contribution of the management of the FAs to associations’ and households’ incomes and compare benefits and costs associated with alternative operation strategies. The study is employing purposive and random sampling techniques to pick respondents; and interviews and questionnaires to collect both primary and secondary data from members and non-members of the farmer associations. The study is expected to provide a basis for recommending a wholesome management structure to ensure sustainability and enhanced economic returns to the farmer associations.
Les associations d’agriculteurs (AF) ont la capacité d’améliorer les revenus et le bien-être général de leurs membres quand elles sont bien gérées. Dans cette étude, nous caractérisons trois associations de protectiond’agriculteursà l’ouest du Kenya à savoir le Forum de Petits Agriculteurs de Bugoma(BUSSFO), le Groupe d’Agriculteurs de Mwangaza et ACCAUN, dans les comtés de Bungoma, Vihiga et Teso à l’ouest du Kenya, respectivement, et nous évaluons l’influence de leur structure de gestion sur les opérations et la durabilité d’exploitation des associations. L’étude évalue également la contribution de la gestion des associations d’agriculteursaux revenus des associations et des ménages et compare les profits et les coûtsassociés aux stratégies alternativesd’exploitation. L’étude emploie des techniques d’échantillonnage délibéré et aléatoire pour sélectionnerles répondants, des entrevues et des questionnaires pour recueillir des données primaires et secondaires des membres et non-membres des associations d’agriculteurs. L’étude devrait fournir une base pour recommander une structure de gestion saine afin d’assurer la pérennité et le renforcement des retombées économiques pour les associations d’agriculteurs.
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The 2012 RUFORUM Biennial Conference is the third in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. The third Biennial Conference was attended by 657 participants. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme Value Chains and Innovation Platform.