Measuring Coordination Mechanisms for Producers Around Community Milk Cooling Plants, Western Kenya

Justus I Emukule, Mary J. Kipsat

Abstract


Whereas a number of studies have used value chains approach to look at critical constraints that limited the growth of milk production and marketing, none of the studies considered starting by establishing the status of support services provision to individual producer household level so as to lead to accurate constraints identification for sustainable policy and technical intervention. This study undertook to identify and analyze coordination mechanisms that had been developed to support producer households around community milk cooling plants using factor analysis approach. Primary data from 273 households selected through simple random sampling method was collected using a semi structured interview schedule. From the results, the varimax rotation process generated three factors which based on the loadings were named as support for training, support for inputs and support for marketing respectively. Cronbach’s α test results confirmed that the coordination mechanisms that existed strongly formed support for input and support for training.

Keywords: Community Milk Cooling Plant, Factor Analysis, Producers, Support Services

 


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