Workshop on Improving participation in agricultural commodity markets for smallholder farmers in Kenya: assessing growth opportunities for marginalized groups, 23rd July 2013, Nairobi

Workshop on Improving Participation in Agricultural Commodity Markets for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya: Assessing Growth Opportunities for Marginalized Groups

Venue: Panafric Hotel, Nairobi

Date: July 23, 2013

                                                                       Workshop Participants

Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development of Egerton University and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) have been involved in a study to assess growth opportunities for marginalized groups in three value chains, namely, avocado, sweet potato and indigenous chicken. The main objective of the study was to identify critical bottlenecks and assess growth opportunities that could be exploited in improving market access and participation by marginalized groups especially women.
Preliminary findings from the study were presented in a workshop held at the Panafric Hotel on 23rd July, 2013. The aim of the workshop was to share research findings, elicit debate and get feedback from stakeholders. The discussions during the workshop were based on the results of the detailed studies presented in relation to the actions of the various chain players, efficiency of product flows, comparative gross margins analysis, among others. The extent of women participation, challenges and unexploited opportunities in each value chain were also discussed.
The workshop drew participants from a wide spectrum of stakeholders including relevant government ministries, mainly Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, donor agencies, International research organizations, e.g. CIP, ICRAF, various NGOs, the private sector (exporters, processors, traders, etc), relevant commodity associations, farmer groups and organizations, farmers and Egerton University- Tegemeo Institute, among others.


  1. Introduction and Workshop Objectives
  2. Constraints and Opportunities for Women in the avocado Value Chain
  3. Constraints and opportunities for women in indigenous chicken value chain in Bomet and Mwala Districts
  4. Constraints and opportunities for women in sweet potato value chain in Rachuonyo District


Proceedings of the workshop on improving participation in agricultural commodity markets for smallholder farmers in Kenya: Assessing growth Opportunities for marginalized groups