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Gender-Linked Dynamics and Sustainable Small Holder Poultry Value Chains in Makueni County, Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Bukachi, Salome A.
dc.contributor.author Ngutu, Mariah
dc.contributor.author Omia, Dalmas
dc.contributor.author Musyoka, Mercy M.
dc.contributor.author Chemuliti, Judith
dc.contributor.author Nyamongo, Isaac K.
dc.date.accessioned 2023-11-03T06:44:40Z
dc.date.available 2023-11-03T06:44:40Z
dc.date.issued 2023-07-12
dc.identifier.citation Bukachi, S. A., Ngutu, M., Omia, D., Musyoka, M. M., Chemuliti, J., & Nyamongo, I. K. (2023). Gender-Linked Dynamics and Sustainable Small Holder Poultry Value Chains in Makueni County, Kenya. Sustainability, 15(14), 10907. en_US
dc.identifier.other Volume no.15 Issue no. 15
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.3390/su151410907
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.cuk.ac.ke/handle/123456789/1141
dc.description A research article published in sustainability en_US
dc.description.abstract Understanding the gender-linked dynamics in the small holder poultry value chain is necessary for enabling sustainable agriculture and food systems. Small holder livestock production, including poultry keeping in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), plays important socio-economic and food security roles in rural communities. Poultry production contributes to sustainable food systems as it supports nutrient cycling through feed, manure, and soils. A qualitative study utilized data from 18 focus group discussions (FGDs) and 22 in-depth interviews (IDIs) to interrogate the gender-linked dynamics in the value chain and inform interventions for sustainable food systems. The data were audio-recorded, transcribed, and coded into themes responding to the study question. The results highlight the gender-linked drivers, namely, the social and economic value placed on poultry, ownership, power positions, and decision making dynamics in production and management among small holder poultry value chain actors in Makueni County, Kenya. The study findings demonstrate the increasing economic and social value placed on poultry in households and communities. The study further discusses gender-disaggregated ownership and decision making in the poultry value chain, highlighting the need to engage all involved actors to develop sustainable food systems. In addition to the social and economic value of poultry to small holder farmers, it is necessary to factor in potential nutrition and environmental benefits. While small holder poultry production has the potential to contribute to sustainable food systems economically, nutritionally, and environmentally, this study found that more emphasis is placed on socio-economic value dimensions. Noteworthy is that in ownership and decision making, gender dynamics inform the role and position of the different actors in a sustainable small holder poultry value chain that is socio-economically, nutritionally, and environmentally sound. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Sustainability MDPI en_US
dc.subject Gender dynamics en_US
dc.subject Sustainable Food Systems en_US
dc.subject Decision Making en_US
dc.subject Poultry en_US
dc.subject Kenya en_US
dc.title Gender-Linked Dynamics and Sustainable Small Holder Poultry Value Chains in Makueni County, Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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