To Farm or not to Farm? Rural Youth Perceptions of Farming and their Decision of whether or not to Work as a Farmer: A Case Study of Rural Youth in Kiambu County, Kenya

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Title: To Farm or not to Farm? Rural Youth Perceptions of Farming and their Decision of whether or not to Work as a Farmer: A Case Study of Rural Youth in Kiambu County, Kenya
Authors: Noorani, Mohamed
Date: 2015
Abstract: The present study examines rural youth perceptions of farming and their decision of whether or not to work as a farmer by paying special attention to personal career aspirations, social (peer and parental) influences, and structural (land, finance, market, and agricultural education) constraints as the “push” and “pull” forces of farming. Interviews were conducted with 59 youth in six villages of Kiambu County, Kenya. Findings revealed that non-agricultural career aspirations, such as engineering and teaching, may create the desire to migrate away from farming. While many youth held negative perceptions of farming, which were reinforced through peer and parental influence, a sub-set of youth expressed a passion for farming and considered farming an attractive career path. However, the existence of structural barriers and the difficulties in overcoming them, especially access to land, limited their participation in farming.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/31960
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-2719
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