World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2021, 9(2), 53-57
DOI: 10.12691/WJAR-9-2-2
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Sustainable Bamboo Farming to Mitigate Soil Degradation in Kinale Area, Kiambu County

Joy Wamahiga Maina1, , Samuel Ochola1 and Joyce Mwaniki2

1Environmental Community Development, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

2Plant Science, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

Pub. Date: April 25, 2021

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Joy Wamahiga Maina, Samuel Ochola and Joyce Mwaniki. Sustainable Bamboo Farming to Mitigate Soil Degradation in Kinale Area, Kiambu County. World Journal of Agricultural Research. 2021; 9(2):53-57. doi: 10.12691/WJAR-9-2-2


Increasing global attention towards the potentially devastating effects of climate change provides the need to focus on adoption of sustainable Bamboo farming to mitigate the effects of soil degradation. The objective of this study was to determine how sustainable Bamboo farming was adopted to mitigate the effects of soil degradation in Kinale area of Kiambu County. Data collection was done both quantitatively and qualitatively by use of questionnaires, focus group discussion and observations. Random sampling was used to select the interviewee of the study. Data was collected using questionnaire and focus group discussions, analyzed using SPSS versions 2.0 and results presented in percentages, frequency tables, charts. Pearson correlation with a significance of 0.05 was used to show relationship between the dependent and independent variables. The results of the study indicated that sustainable Bamboo farming was effective in curbing soil degradation with 93% of farmers stating it was reliable in averting the effects in their lands. The study recommended need for proper training to the farmers who are practicing on how to propagate Bamboo.


sustainable bamboo farming, soil degradation


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