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Family Size, Economics and Child Gender Preference: A Case Study in the Nyeri District of Kenya AgEcon
Kiriti, Tabitha; Tisdell, Clement A..
Kenyan women have more children, especially in rural areas, than in most developing nations. This is widely believed to be an impediment to Kenya’s economic development. Thus, factors influencing family size in the Kenyan context are important for its future. A brief review of economic theories of fertility leads to the conclusion that both economics and social/cultural factors must be considered simultaneously when examining factors that determine the number of children in a family. The need to do this is borne out in Kenya’s situation by utilising responses from a random sample of rural households in the Nyeri district of Kenya. Economic and social/cultural factors intertwine to influence family sizes in this district. After providing a summary of the...
Tipo: Working or Discussion Paper Palavras-chave: Family size; Fertility; Child gender preference; Human capital formation; Costs; Benefits; Free child labour; Marital status; And age.; Labor and Human Capital.
Ano: 2003 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/105583
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Marital Status, Farm Size and other Influences On the Extent of Cash Cropping in Kenya: A Household Case Study AgEcon
Kiriti, Tabitha; Tisdell, Clement A..
This article examines the effects of marital status, farm size and other factors on the extent of cash cropping (and allocation of land use) by means of a case study in the Nyeri district in Kenya. It was found that married women are involved in the production of a relatively greater amount of output of cash crops than unmarried women since husbands prefer to have more land under cash crops than food crops. Farmers with better quality land allocate a high proportion of it to non-food cash crops, which may expose some households to greater risks of possible famine. The proportion of land allocated to food crops declines as the farm size increases while the proportion of land allocated to non-food cash crops rises as the size of farm increases. Age is also...
Tipo: Working or Discussion Paper Palavras-chave: Agricultural commercialisation; Marital status; Non-food cash crops; Food cash crops; Non-cash food crops.; Agricultural and Food Policy; Farm Management.
Ano: 2003 URL: http://purl.umn.edu/105586
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