Dynamic Changes in Dairy Technologies Uptake in the Kenya Highlands
Panel data collected from 874 farmers over 2 periods of time were used to analyse the dynamics of uptake of dairy technologies. This analysis suggests that large land holdings may be needed for continuous uptake, while smaller farms are able to keep improved cattle, but may not always be able to maintain the animals due to land and/or cash constraints. Formal milk marketing outlets have a positive effect on farmers’ decisions to keep improved cattle, and farmers in areas with fewer formal marketing outlets increase their level of inputs such as concentrates feeding, suggesting that the alternative channels offer more profitable returns. Farmers therefore seem to adjust rapidly to the changes in the marketing options and additional analysis is needed to better comprehend the relationship between market liberalisation and dairy intensification.
(International Association ofAgricultural Economists Conference, 2006)
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