Impact of the poor economic conditions on the rural people in Kenya: a case of Mwatate division in Taita-Taveta district
Wandogho, F. Mwaita
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Most governments are now concerned with poverty eradication. The Kenya government is determined to eradicate poverty by the year 2015. In order to achieve this objective, there is need to determine what factors are behind poverty increase and how best to deal with this problem. This study was specifically set out to achieve the following objectives. - Establish the relationship between poverty with inflation, interest rates and access to credit. - Determine the factors responsible to the increase in poverty levels. - Determine measures needed to reduce poverty levels. Data was collected using interviews schedules. The data collected was analyzed using descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and regression analysis. The study established that poverty is positively related to inflation, interest rates and access to credit, though a weak relationship for all variables. It was also established that, high prices farm inputs was the most common factor behind poverty in the area of study among other factors. Provision of concessional loans and ready market were the most recommended solutions by respondents among other suggestions for reducing poverty levels. The study has recommended that the governments needs to contain inflation, live within its budgets and provision of concessional loans to farmers by government and NGO's among other recommendations.