Agriculture is the principal sub-sector in the economies of many developing countries in the absence of a strong industrial sector. Indeed in Kenya, Agriculture in its widest sense, is ―the goose that lays the golden eggs‖. It is a source of income to farmers, affiliated entrepreneurs, source of employment, earns the country foreign exchange etc. In many developing countries, agriculture is carried out on 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 conceptualised and designed to produce manpower that is expected to contribute towards the goal of self-reliance and motivation in skilled manpower for national development especially for the agricultural sub-sector in entirety, the objective of the programme is to produce graduates trained in the discipline of agriculture, economics and management with good blending of practical work to promote agricultural development and living standards. At the completion of the training, the BSc. Agricultural Economics graduates should be able to:
i) Analyse and explain the physical, ecological land agricultural policy and carry out effective extension work among farmers (Farm and Market Analysis Interpretations and Extension).
ii) Plan and administer in both private and public sectors by identifying and analysing particular socio-economic constraints and opportunities in various sectors of the economy (Sector Planning).
iii) Carry out agricultural project planning and policy formulation (Project Planning).
iv) Teach economics in agricultural institutions of learning as well as conduct research (Teach and Research).
v) Participate in the general direction and actual implementation of agricultural development
vi) Programmes and projects (agricultural project development and administration).
vii) Where possible run their own individual farm – firms and agri-business enterprises include consultancy (self employment).
viii) Pursue graduate studies in agricultural Economics (Further studies).
Agricultural development in Kenya requires manpower with appropriate knowledge and skills necessary for efficient and effective decision making in the process of utilization and management of scarce resources. Personnel with advanced training able to assume leadership roles are needed for effective decision making that will lead to the formulation and implementation of policies that will increase productivity in the country's agricultural sector. In this context the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Management has developed a graduate programme of study leading to a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics.
The course is designed to offer the student a programme in Agricultural Economics and research training. The graduate should be able to carry out both qualitative and quantitative analysis of agricultural economic systems. In addition the graduate should be able to design and execute research work aimed at the analysis of economic systems and actual implementation of agricultural development programmes and projects.
The common regulations for the Masters degree as specified in the Egerton University Statutes shall be applicable.
Candidates for the M.Sc. programme in Agricultural Economics and related disciplines are required to have at least a B.Sc. degree with an Upper Second Honours Class degree in Agricultural Economics from Egerton University or equivalent institutions.
Course Structure and Duration
The programme will consist of coursework, examination and thesis. The coursework and thesis shall constitute 30 and 15 credit factors respectively. All students will be required to take compulsory courses regardless of their intended areas of specialization. In addition to the compulsory courses each student shall be required to take a minimum of 9 credit factors in the area of specialization. The courses shall be chosen following consultation with the supervisor/advisor and with the approval of the department. The programme shall extend for a minimum of 18 months and a maximum of 36 months.
All examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the examination regulation as stipulated in the Egerton University statute XXIX.
The grading of examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University statute XXIX
To graduate, a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The MSc in Agricultural Economics degree programme is not classified.