I am Adelaide AumaOmbudo, a trained and practicing Urban and Regional Planner with experience of over fourteen years. I have worked with the National Government rising through the ranks to become an Assistant Director in the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning. I have also worked with the County Government as a Chief Officer in the department of Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development. I have experience in preparation of different levels of Physical Plans, development control management, preparation of Policies, financial and human resource management. I have interest in rural development planning for the improvement of rural livelihoods and reduction of pressure on major urban areas by reducing rural urban migration.
THE ROLE OF RURAL MARKETS IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT: THE CASE OF FUNYULA MARKET IN FUNYULA SUB-COUNTY, BUSIA COUNTY.
Rural markets havestrong potentials which lead to an increasing growth course that culminates into sustainable development in rural areas. However, instances of poor market integration due to poor policies and poor market conditions have hampered growth especially within the surroundings. This research aimed at finding out the role of rural markets on the hinterlands, to identify the challenges affecting development of linkages between markets and the hinterland and to recommend solutions for improving the linkages between the markets and the hinterland. The research narrowed down to Funyulamarket in Funyula rural centre. The market provided readily accessible outlets for produce from the hinterland. The hindrances to hinterland development included the lack of capital resources, poor accessibilityand lack of infrastructure to support the production and sale of agricultural produce. It was evident that the potential for the Funyula hinterland to support Funyula market had not been fully exploited. This led to the market relying of supplies from external regions thereby denying the development of the hinterland. Solutions to challenges faced at the market and in the hinterland included coordination of programmes for both urban and rural development.
Dr. Samuel Obiero