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The role of fencing on marginal productivitiy of labour, land and capital in ASAL regions of Kenya

Asienga, Irene C. and Perman, Roger and Kibet, Lawrence K. (2015) The role of fencing on marginal productivitiy of labour, land and capital in ASAL regions of Kenya. International Journal of Development and Economic Sustainability, 3 (2). pp. 80-93. ISSN 2053-2202

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Good land management strategies are known to play an important role in improving agricultural production. There lacks empirical studies that have evaluated the contribution of fence as a productive investment in Kenya. Fencing was treated as a productive input in the production function alongside capital, labour and land. Cross-sectional primary data is used to achieve the objectives of the study. The Cobb-Douglas (CD) specification was used in measuring the contribution of fence to production and in measuring its role in the marginal productivity of labour, land and capital in semi arid Kenya. Ordinary least squares (OLS) regression results indicated that fencing improves agricultural production and that it improves the marginal productivity of land. The policy implication is that since fence has led to a series of positive benefits, there is need for the government to recognize the positive impact of fence and empower those communities who would wish to fence their land.