Agricultural transformation in Nyamira county, 1945 -2002
This proposal seeks to investigate agricultural transformation in Nyamira County, Western Kenya, and 1945-2002. The county comprises of five sub-counties, namely; Nyamira North, Nyamira South, Masaba North, Borabu and Manga. These sub-counties will be the focus of our study. The major economic activity in the district is fanning. The inhabitants have been involved in growing cash and food crops over the years. Agricultural development in the county has witnessed transformation from the onset of World War II and after up to 2002. Various agents have contributed to this transformation while experiencing a number of challenges with far reaching socialeconomic impacts. It is in the light of this, the researcher is persuaded to investigate and unfold these developments. Our literature review will be based on general overview on agricultural transformation, causes, challenges and its socio- economic impacts among the inhabitants of Nyamira County, 1945-2002. The study will be guided by two theories; articulation of modes of production where Europeans incorporated and involved Africans in various forms in Agriculture resulting to underdevelopment. Here fanning activities in third world countries are changing to fit the world Economic system while developed countries are progressing at the expense of the less developed leading to application of second theory of underdevelopment. Our study will adopt descriptive research design. Primary and secondary data will be used to explain the agricultural transformation in the area of study in the period 1945-2002. A sample study will be selected from the five sub-counties and findings analyzed using descriptive methods. The data will be collected through interview and use of questionnaire. The research will be of value to economists and agriculturalist in understanding trends, challenges and social economic impact of agricultural transformation of Nyamira County in the period 1945- 2002. It will also benefit a wide range of scholars in Economic and Social History.