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Title:The Impact of Cash Cropping on Food Production: A Case Study of Tobacco and Maize in Migori Division, South Nyanza District of Kenya
Authors:Oyugi, L.A.
Kukhebi, A.W.
Mwangi, W.M.
Periodical:Eastern Africa Economic Review
Geographic term:Kenya
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Abstract:This study examines the economic influence of tobacco growing on food production in Migori Division, South Nyanza District of Kenya. The broad objective was to investigate whether increased tobacco growing in the area conflicts with the national objectives of self-sufficiency in food production. The specific objectives included measuring the relative profitability of tobacco vis--vis alternative farm enterprises, determining the relationship between tobacco growing and food production, determining the optimal combination of tobacco and other enterprises for various farm sizes, and drawing policy implications for tobacco growing. The authors found that tobacco growing had no significant negative effect on the production of food crops and, in particular, maize, in Migori, and that moreover, tobacco growing was more profitable per unit of land than growing maize or beans or keeping dairy cattle. Abstr., notes, ref.