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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2004 | Volume: 4 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 242-249
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2004.242.249
Rural Roads and Natural Resource Management in the Semi-arid Lands of Kenya
S.M. Mwakubo, H.K. Maritim and W.K. Yabann

Abstract:
This research uses data from a 2000 household survey of smallholder farmers in Kenya`s marginal areas to investigate the effects of road infrastructure on farm level soil conservation investments. A logistic regression was used to determine the decision to invest in soil conservation measures. Three Stage Least Squares at the household level was also used for estimating a system of Cobb-Douglas type simultaneous equations. The study findings show clearly that poor road infrastructure reduces soil conservation investments. Improvement of road infrastructure thus creates an incentive to invest in soil conservation measures. However, in the absence of significant investments in road infrastructure due to budgetary constraints, the policy challenge is to involve a number of stakeholders such as the local communities and non-governmental organizations in the provision of rural road infrastructure.
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S.M. Mwakubo, H.K. Maritim and W.K. Yabann, 2004. Rural Roads and Natural Resource Management in the Semi-arid Lands of Kenya. Journal of Applied Sciences, 4: 242-249.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2004.242.249

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2004.242.249

 
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