The struggle to diversify rural livelihoods: Bio-enterprise development initiatives and their impacts on agro-/pastoral communities in the drylands of Kenya

Wren, Susie; Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe (2010). The struggle to diversify rural livelihoods: Bio-enterprise development initiatives and their impacts on agro-/pastoral communities in the drylands of Kenya. European Journal of Development Research, 22(5), pp. 751-769. Palgrave Macmillan 10.1057/ejdr.2010.42

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This article analyses the impacts of four different bio-enterprise initiatives on agro-pastoral livelihoods and on improved natural resources management (NRM) in the drylands of Kenya. In this way it contributes to an area of rural development that is gaining increasing interest, but still has little empirical evidence. Data were collected through interviews, focus group discussions, informal discussions and the study of reports. One of the key findings of this article is that diversification into enterprises requires cooperation among the stakeholders with their varying experiences in development, NRM and business development. In addition to initial investments, such enterprises need sustained financial, as well as other support like capacity development to survive the market introduction phase. For such enterprises to defend their market niches, the quantity and quality of the product are critical. In addition to support in human, financial, social, physical and natural capital, mentoring is another crucial factor for success.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Sustainable Land Management
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Ifejika Speranza, Chinwe

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

0957-8811

Publisher:

Palgrave Macmillan

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

12 Jun 2015 09:19

Last Modified:

31 Jan 2019 15:40

Publisher DOI:

10.1057/ejdr.2010.42

Additional Information:

Erratum: Wren, Susie; Speranza, Chinwe Ifejika (2011). The Struggle to Diversify Rural Livelihoods: Bio-enterprise Initiatives and their Impacts on Agro-pastoralists and Pastoralists Communities in the Drylands of Kenya. The European Journal of Development Research, 23(3), S. 510. 10.1057/ejdr.2010.67 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057%2Fejdr.2010.67

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/69315

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