Jim Lawrence Njoroge, Agricultural Economics and Management - Master's programme
This thesis dives into the subject of vertical farming implementation in Kenya, with a specific focus on Tatton Agriculture Park as a single case study. The aim of the research is to investigate the opportunities and barriers associated with the adoption of vertical farming practices in the Kenyan agricultural sector. Vertical farming has emerged as a potential solution to address the challenges faced by Kenyan farmers, such as limited arable land, soil acidity, water scarcity, and harsh climatic conditions. However, despite its potential profitability, the uptake of vertical farming has been slow in the country. Using the Entrepreneurial Opportunity Theory and Value Mapping Theory as theoretical frameworks, this study examines the motivations and barriers that farmers encounter when considering vertical farming. Through interviews and data collection, the study identifies the specific opportunities perceived by farmers at Tatton Agriculture Park, as well as the barriers they face in adopting vertical farming practices. By highlighting the opportunities and barriers of vertical farming, this research contributes to empirical-based decision-making, policy formulation, and the development of strategies that foster sustainable agricultural practices, enhance food security, and stimulate economic growth in Kenya.