By Faith Njeri Nguthi
Utilizing tissue-cultured expertise is a most likely vital means for smallholder banana farmers to enhance their yields and source of revenue. within the state of affairs of the impoverishing results of excessive HIV/AIDS-prevalence in a rural banana-farming group, this is applicable much more. The examine documented during this ebook examines the stability among required inputs and strength merits of making use of the tissue-cultured know-how between HIV/AIDS-affected and non-affected families in Maragua district, principal Kenya, utilizing a livelihood method. the consequences express that adoption of the expertise and its endured use differs in keeping with the assets endowment of the farming families. loss of monetary and actual capital, significantly a water tank, inhibits adoption, without reference to HIV/AIDS-status.However, families headed through aged adult females dominate one of the bad families and the HIV/AIDS-affected families. This illustrates how HIV/AIDS interfaces with poverty and, thereby, in a roundabout way with the feasibility of sustainable expertise adoption. The learn additionally indicates that livelihood judgements and methods of farming families are prompted through land tenure prestige (having identify deeds or no longer) and labour constraints on the family point. The latter come up on account of HIV/AIDS-related morbidity and mortality
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The effects of HIV/AIDS on land are also being felt through tenure rights of surviving widows on customary land (Drimie, 2002). Since ancestral land is still distinctly inherited through patrilineal patterns in Central Kenya, widows and orphans are increasingly losing inheritance rights in the HIV/AIDS era. A study by the Forest Action Network (FAN, 2002) in Bondo and Nyeri district in Kenya reported of cases of women being dispossessed of their right to use land after their husbands’ death. Widows in cases where the deceased has died of HIV/AIDS are often condemned as the ones who have infected their husbands and are subsequently under massive pressure to leave their marital homes, thereby losing their rights to access and use of land.
Maragua district which initially formed the larger Murang’a district lies between the altitude of 1,100 and 2,950 metres above sea level. The area receives a bi-modal type of rainfall with an average of 1,200 mm during the long rains (March to May) and 1,000 mm during the short rains (October to December). The district lies in nine agro-ecological zones ranging from the upper highlands on the slopes of the Aberdare range to the lower midland zones. Over 70 percent of the district lies in the Upper midlands and lower highland zones, and this is where most of the agricultural activities are carried out (Jaetzold & Schmidt, 1983).
Many of them found that their land had been taken over by the so-called ‘loyal Africans’ who had sided with the colonial government (Clough, 1998). Some were forced to migrate to the urban centres and particularly to Nairobi, which is not far from any part of Central Province. International migration In this pattern the migrant moves temporarily or permanently abroad. Limited international migration had been going on in Kenya for many years but increased from the mid-1980s due to lack of employment and a declining economy.