Following a brief overview of the study sites and data, this paper first attempts to identify and distinguish the chronic poor from transient poor and non-poor rural households (section 4). It proceeds to try and understand the links between household structural factors and the incidence of chronic poverty. The implications of chronic poverty on agricultural practices are investigated in section 6. A particular case study of use/adoption of new agroforestry practices for soil fertility management is presented in section 7. Finally, some thoughts on the implications of chronic poverty for agricultural development is discussed in section 8.
Chronic poverty in rural western Kenya: its identification and implications for agricultural development [Draft], presented at Staying Poor: Chronic Poverty and Development Policy, Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester, 7-9 April 2003. Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), Manchester, UK, 17 pp.