Impact of Soil Moisture Levels on Crop Yields in Kenya

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  • Bonface Kimani

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47672/aja.1755
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Keywords:

Impact, Soil Moisture Levels, Crop Yields

Abstract

Purpose: The aim of the study was to investigate the impact of soil moisture levels on crop yields in Kenya.

Methodology: This study adopted a desk methodology. A desk study research design is commonly known as secondary data collection. This is basically collecting data from existing resources preferably because of its low cost advantage as compared to a field research. Our current study looked into already published studies and reports as the data was easily accessed through online journals and libraries.

Findings: In Kenya, maintaining soil moisture levels between 60-70% is crucial for optimal crop yields, especially for staple crops like maize. Regional variations exist due to different climates and soil types. Climate change poses challenges with irregular rainfall patterns, affecting soil moisture and crop productivity. Technology adoption, policies promoting climate-resilient agriculture, and farmer education are essential for sustainable farming and food security in Kenya.

Implications to Theory, Practice and Policy:  water stress theory, field capacity and permanent wilting point and hydraulic redistribution theory may be use to anchor future studies on the impact of soil moisture levels on crop yields in Kenya. Agricultural practitioners should adopt crop-specific soil moisture management strategies based on empirical findings. Governments and policymakers should develop climate-resilient agricultural policies that account for changing soil moisture patterns.

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2024-02-03