Self-employment, agriculture lead household income

December 8, 2015
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The social, political, economic and cultural survey indicates that agriculture ranks as the second source of household income at 26 percent, while private sector wage employment comes third with 20 percent/FILE
The social, political, economic and cultural survey indicates that agriculture ranks as the second source of household income at 26 percent, while private sector wage employment comes third with 20 percent/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – A new survey by research company Ipsos Kenya shows that 30 percent of breadwinners in Kenyan households are self-employed.

The social, political, economic and cultural survey indicates that agriculture ranks as the second source of household income at 26 percent, while private sector wage employment comes third with 20 percent.

Public sector wage employment comes in at a distant eight percent, according to the survey which interviewed 2,058 people across eight regions in the country.

“Other sources of income in the country include being given money by others at 4 percent, while unknown sources tie with those who do not know at 2 percent,” states the survey.

Regionally, in North Eastern, 66 percent of citizens get their household income from livestock, while only 18 percent depend on self-employment. Agriculture on the other hand is the biggest source of income in Western Kenya at 46 percent with self employment accounting for 29 percent in the region.

Nairobi’s main source of household income is private sector employment at 43 percent, with self-employment following closely as 40 percent. At the Coastal region, private sector is also the region’s main source of household income with 34 percent, while self-employment comes in at 36 percent.

The scenario is slightly overturned in Central region where self-employment leads with 36 percent while private sector employment is at 25 percent. In Rift Valley, self-employment also leads with 30 percent while agriculture follows with 29 percent.

“Eastern and Nyanza regions have similar trends with agriculture and self-employment being the top sources of household income at 37 and 39 percent respectively, and 27 and 28 percent respectively,” it continues.

For households that depend on agriculture, maize is the leading crop grown in households at 63 percent. Other vegetables follow at a distance 13 percent, followed by coffee at 6 percent, tea at 5 percent and sugarcane at 3 percent.

Wheat, groundnuts, fruits, miraa and potatoes tie at 1 percent.

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