Analysis of the effect of access to potable water on household well-being among small holder farmers in kakamega county, Kenya
Bonface Imbali Mudi, John Baraza Wangwe
In the Second Medium Term Plan of the Kenya Vision 2030, poverty was considered a threat to human life in spite of the policy initiatives used. Despite the effort and interventions by the Kenyan government, poverty rates have continuously remained high keeping the levels of wellbeing relatively low. Given this scenario, an explanation of this requires studying the effect of access to potable water on household well-being among small holder farmers in Kakamega County. The study adopted descriptive research design, which ensured ease in understanding the insight about the problem under study. Smallholder farmers registered with Cereals Board of Kenya in 2017 within Kakamega County making a total of 31,780formed the target population. A sample size of 385 respondents was used to represent the target population. A self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection since this could be send to a large number of people. Collected data was analysed using inferential as well as descriptive statistics. The study findings showed a significant relationship between access to potable water and household well-being of smallholder farmers in Kakamega County. The study recommended that the County Government of Kakamega should enhance efforts to promote universal access to potable water in rural areas to a higher level, supporting these commitments with institutional frameworks, strategic plans, clear policies and dedicated establishments.