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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS WITH IT

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INTRODUCTION
The B.Sc. Agricultural Economics aims at equipping the students with the knowledge and skills required to analyze the agricultural economic issues for efficient use of scarce resources in agriculture sector and its development, consistent with the interest of all stake holders. The main emphasis of the programme should include Agriculture, Farm Management, Economics, Marketing Economics Agricultural Extension and practical work. The programme should be pragmatic and subject to change consistent with the changing circumstances and emphasis in farming industry.

OBJECTIVES

The programme endeavour to produce graduates who can participate in agricultural industry in a variety of roles, notably self employmentwhere feasible, agricultural extension and credit administration, agricultural project planning and implementation, Marketing, Consultancy and teaching agricultural economics. Agriculture is the principle subsector in the economies of many developing countries in the absence of strong industrial sector. Indeed in Kenya, agriculture in its widest sense is the goose that lays the golden eggs. It is the source of income to farmers, affiliated entrepreneurs, source of employment and earns foreign exchange. In many developing countries, agriculture is carried out in small farms with inherent differences in agro-ecological conditions, limited resource base and basic technology. The training programme for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics is conceptualized and designed to produce manpowerthat is expected to contribute towards the goal of self reliance and motivation in skilled manpower for national development specifically for agricultural subsector in entirety, the objective of the programme is to produce graduates trained in discipline of agriculture, economics, and management with good blending of practical work to promote agricultural development and standards of living.


At the end of this programme, B.S.c Agricultural Economics graduates should be able to:

a) Analyse and explain the physical, ecological land, agricultural policy and carry out effective extension work among farmers. Farm and Market analysis interpretation and extension)

b) Plan and administer in both private and public sectors by identifying and analyzing particular socioeconomic constraints and opportunities in various sectors to the economy (sectorial Planning)

c) Carry out agricultural project planning and policy formulation (Project Planning)

d) Teach economics in agricultural institutions of learning as well as conduct research (Reach and research)

e) Participate in the general direction and actual implementation of agricultural development programmes and projects (Agricultural project development administration)

f) Where possible run their own farm –firms and agribusiness enterprises including consultancy (self employment)

g) Pursue post graduate studies in agricultural economics( Further Studies)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates wishing to pursue a B.Sc. degree program in Agricultural Economics must meet the following requirements:

a) Minimum University and School of Agriculture and Food Security requirements.

b) Obtain minimum of the following grades in the respective K.C.S.E. subjects:

Biology B- Biological Sciences C+ English B

Mathematics C+ Business studies/ Commerce B

c) These requirements may however change from time to time.


 DURATION

Normally four academic years.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

a) The programme is organized as a holistic major leading to B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Economics. There are no degree options. The courses offered includes only those courses deemed essential for this degree programme. All candidates must take all the courses deemed essential for this degree programme. All candidates must take all the courses outlined herein. Special exemptions may, however, be awarded where a candidate has taken equivalent course/s elsewhere as may be the case with transfer students.

b) The multidisciplinary nature of the programme dictates that Agricultural Economics borrows diversely from other biological physical and social science disciplines. The department of Agricultural Economics may offer all the scheduled courses. However, it is desired that students take equivalent courses in the relevant parent departments whenever available.

c) Courses are offered in units. A course unit is defined as one-hour lecture or a two-hour tutorial or a three-hour practical session per week per semester.

d) There is a third semester in the third year during which students will go for field/industrial attachment.

e) There are students’ research projects conducted in fourth year. These comprise topics of enquiry in corporations or small and medium enterprise .

 EXAMINATIONS

a) The University and School of Food Security, Agriculture and Biodiversity regulations shall apply.

b) All courses shall be examined during the semester in which they are taken.

c) End of semester examination and continuous assessment shall comprise 70% and 30% respectively of the total grade. The research project is the only exception to this rule.

d) Continuous assessment will be based on practical, assignments and written tests.

e) Field attachment will be assessed as follows:

i) At least two on-field assessment by assigned university academic staff (30%).

ii) Student field attachment report (70%).

f) Research project will be examined in same way as follows:

i) Evaluation of project implementation (30%).

ii) Evaluation of seminar presentation (20%).

iii) Dissertation report (50%).