African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6843

Full Length Research Paper

Impacts of farmer field schools on food security and environmental conservation in Western Kenya

Laurine Kithi
  • Laurine Kithi
  • Coast Development Authority, P. O. Box 1322 – 80100, Mama Ngina Drive, Mombasa Kenya.
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Amin Mugera
  • Amin Mugera
  • The UWA Institute of Agriculture and School of Agricultural and Resource Economics (M089), Faculty of Sciences, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009 Australia.
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Bujdoso Geza
  • Bujdoso Geza
  • Research Centre for Fruit Growina, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Hungary.
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  •  Received: 09 December 2020
  •  Accepted: 02 March 2021
  •  Published: 31 March 2023

Abstract

This study assessed the impacts of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) on household food security and environmental conservation in the Western Province of Kenya. The outcome variables were: Maize yield per acre, income per acre, household food insecurity score and environmental conservation score. Principal component analysis and propensity score matching techniques were used for analyses and regression method to test the robustness of matching results. We found that FFS households harvest higher crop yield of up to 9.45 bags which is significantly different (p<0.05) from their counterparts. Consequently, FFS households earn significantly (p<0.05) higher income estimated over KSh 2,800 per acre than Non-FFS households. Although the EC score were not significantly different, FS scores were low in FFS households. The study showed that FFS program significantly (-0.42**) reduce severity of food insecurity this implies that FFS plays a critical role in enhancing household food security.

Key words: Farmer field schools, food security, environmental conservation.