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  • Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Tegemeo's Director Dr. Miltone Ayieko welcomes participants to the five day training, 9-13 Oct 2017

  • Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Tegemeo's MLE Unit Director introduces participants to the five day training, 9-13 Oct 2017

  • Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Dr Rosern Rwampororo, one of the trainers, takes the participants through the laid out course content, 9-13 Oct 2017

  • Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Participants during interactive sessions, 9-13 Oct 2017

  • Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Participants during interactive sessions, 9-13 Oct 2017

  • Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Participants during interactive sessions, 9-13 Oct 2017

  • Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Dr. Tesfaye Beshah, one of the trainers, takes the participants through the laid out course content, 9-13 Oct 2017

  • Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Participants during interactive sessions, 9-13 Oct 2017

  • Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Course on Monitoring Learning & Evaluation

    Participants group photo, 9-13 Oct 2017

  • ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    Participants at the breakfast forum held to share the 2017/2018 cropping year Cost Of Production Findings

  • ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    Participants at the breakfast forum held to share the 2017/2018 cropping year Cost Of Production Findings

  • ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    Participants at the breakfast forum held to share the 2017/2018 cropping year Cost Of Production Findings

  • ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    Tegemeo Director Dr. Miltone Ayieko addresses journalists during the breakfast forum held to share the 2017/2018 cropping year Cost Of Production Findings

  • ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    Tegemeo Director Dr. Miltone Ayieko addresses journalists during the breakfast forum held to share the 2017/2018 cropping year Cost Of Production Findings

  • ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    Kevin Onyango, Tegemeo Research Associate addresses participants of the breakfast forum held to share the 2017/2018 cropping year Cost Of Production Findings

  • ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    Dr. Dennis Otieno, Tegemeo's Research Fellow addresses participants of the breakfast forum held to share the 2017/2018 cropping year Cost Of Production Findings

  • ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    ANNUAL COP SURVEY RELEASED, 5th October 2017

    Dr. Tim Njagi, Tegemeo's Research Fellow addresses participants of the breakfast forum held to share the 2017/2018 cropping year Cost Of Production Findings

  • Tegemeo Signs MOU with EAGC, 3rd July 2017

    Tegemeo Signs MOU with EAGC, 3rd July 2017

    The Memorandum Of Understanding creates a framework for collaboration that will improve research and analysis of agricultural trade, policy and advocacy.

  • Tegemeo Signs MOU with EAGC, 3rd July 2017

    Tegemeo Signs MOU with EAGC, 3rd July 2017

    The Memorandum Of Understanding creates a framework for collaboration that will improve research and analysis of agricultural trade, policy and advocacy.

  • Tegemeo Signs MOU with EAGC, 3rd July 2017

    Tegemeo Signs MOU with EAGC, 3rd July 2017

    The Memorandum Of Understanding creates a framework for collaboration that will improve research and analysis of agricultural trade, policy and advocacy.

  • Tegemeo Signs MOU with EAGC, 3rd July 2017

    Tegemeo Signs MOU with EAGC, 3rd July 2017

    The Memorandum Of Understanding creates a framework for collaboration that will improve research and analysis of agricultural trade, policy and advocacy.

  • Tegemeo Signs MOU with EAGC, 3rd July 2017

    Tegemeo Signs MOU with EAGC, 3rd July 2017

    The Memorandum Of Understanding creates a framework for collaboration that will improve research and analysis of agricultural trade, policy and advocacy.

  • Tegemeo @ Egerton University 11th Conference

    Tegemeo @ Egerton University 11th Conference

    Part of Tegemeo staff take part in the exhibition at the Egerton University 11th International Conference, 29th-31st March 2017, Njoro Nakuru

  • Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Tegemeo Institute's Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) - Unit hosts a Social Networking Event at the Conference

  • Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Guests have a good time at the Social Networking Event hosted by Tegemeo Institute's Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) - Unit

  • Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    The MLE unit team welcomes Dr. Florence Etta at the social dinner hosted by Tegemeo Institute's Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) - Unit

  • Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Tegemeo Institute's Measurement Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Unit hosts a pre-conference workshop on Agricultural Data & Technology use, Kampala, Uganda Conference Dates - 27th–31st March, 2017

  • Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Dr. Mercy Kamau- Director MLE unit giving a synopsis of the of the Institute MLE agenda during the Social Networking Dinner

  • Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Tegemeo Institute's Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Unit hosts a pre-conference workshop on Agricultural Data & Technology use, Kampala, Uganda Conference Dates - 27th – 31st March, 2017

  • Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Media interviews the Director, Tegemeo Institute during the Social Dinner hosted by the Institutes MLE Unit

  • Dr. Mary Mathenge Director Tegemeo @ NMG Forum

    Dr. Mary Mathenge Director Tegemeo @ NMG Forum

    Tegemeo Institute took part at the Inaugural Food Security and Water Nation Media Group Leadership Forum, 3rd April 2017

  • Tegemeo @ Egerton University 11th Conference

    Tegemeo @ Egerton University 11th Conference

    Egerton University VC Prof Rose Mwonya opens the 11th International Conference, 29th-31st March 2017, Njoro Nakuru

  • Tegemeo @ Egerton University 11th Conference

    Tegemeo @ Egerton University 11th Conference

    Tegemeo's Kevin Onyango presents at the 11th International Conference, 29th-31st March 2017, Njoro Nakuru Tegemeo Institute took part at the Egerton University 11th International Conference, 29th-31st March 2017

  • Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Tegemeo @ 8th AfrEA International Conference

    Tegemeo Institute's Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) - Unit hosts a pre-conference workshop on Agricultural Data & Technology use, Kampala, Uganda Conference Dates - 27th – 31st March, 2017

  • Tegemeo hosts Ella Workshop, 16th March 2017

    Tegemeo hosts Ella Workshop, 16th March 2017

    The Workshop focused on Land Tenure and Sustainable Pastoralist Systems and was held in Ololulung'a, Narok County

  • Tegemeo hosts Ella Workshop, 16th March 2017

    Tegemeo hosts Ella Workshop, 16th March 2017

    David Muntet, a pastoralist and beneficially of the ELLA Study Tour held in November 2016 shares lessons and experiences with the workshop participants.

  • Tegemeo Hosts Seed Conference, 8th February 2017

    Tegemeo Hosts Seed Conference, 8th February 2017

    Theme: Enhancing Smallholder Productivity in Kenya: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial of New Seed Varieties, 8th February, 2017

  • Tegemeo Hosts Seed Conference, 8th February 2017

    Tegemeo Hosts Seed Conference, 8th February 2017

    Conference Theme: Enhancing Small-holder Productivity in Kenya: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial of New Seed Varieties

  • Tegemeo Hosts Seed Conference, 8th February 2017

    Tegemeo Hosts Seed Conference, 8th February 2017

    Conference Theme: Enhancing Small-holder Productivity in Kenya: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial of New Seed Varieties

  • Tegemeo at the Mau - Egerton Cross Country 2017

    Tegemeo at the Mau - Egerton Cross Country 2017

    Egerton University VC Prof. Rose Mwonya flags off the university staff race

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    Tegemeo at the Mau - Egerton Cross Country 2017

    Egerton University VC Prof. Rose Mwonya Crosses the finishing line

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    Tegemeo at the Mau - Egerton Cross Country 2017

    Part of the Tegemeo Staff Team at the "Run for the Mau Event"

  • Tegemeo Hosts 3rd Annual ReNAPRI Conference 2016

    Tegemeo Hosts 3rd Annual ReNAPRI Conference 2016

    Conference theme: “Anticipating Africa’s Agricultural Transformation Pathways in the Context of Climate Change: Lessons from the Current Regional Drought”

  • Tegemeo Hosts 3rd Annual ReNAPRI Conference 2016

    Tegemeo Hosts 3rd Annual ReNAPRI Conference 2016

    Conference theme: “Anticipating Africa’s Agricultural Transformation Pathways in the Context of Climate Change: Lessons from the Current Regional Drought”

  • Tegemeo Hosts 3rd Annual ReNAPRI Conference 2016

    Tegemeo Hosts 3rd Annual ReNAPRI Conference 2016

    Conference theme: “Anticipating Africa’s Agricultural Transformation Pathways in the Context of Climate Change: Lessons from the Current Regional Drought”

  • TEGEMEO COST OF PRODUCTION ASSESMENT 2016

    TEGEMEO COST OF PRODUCTION ASSESMENT 2016

    Establishing Cost of Rice Production Year 2015

  • Tegemeo Cost of Production Assessment 2016

    Tegemeo Cost of Production Assessment 2016

    Tegemeo Hosts Breakfast Meeting on the Competitiveness of Key Food Staples in Kenya: Role of Production Costs and Pricing, 10 October 2016

  • Tegemeo Cost of Production Assessment 2016

    Tegemeo Cost of Production Assessment 2016

    Tegemeo Hosts Breakfast Meeting on the Competitiveness of Key Food Staples in Kenya: Role of Production Costs and Pricing, 10 October 2016

  • Tegemeo Cost of Production Assessment 2016

    Tegemeo Cost of Production Assessment 2016

    Tegemeo Hosts Breakfast Meeting on the Competitiveness of Key Food Staples in Kenya: Role of Production Costs and Pricing, 10 October 2016

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Mitigating recurrent food production challenges in the country …

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The ongoing drought is expected to adversely affect the agricultural sector which accounts for about 27 percent of the total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and accounts for 60 per cent of total export earnings. The sector is a major source of livelihood for majority of the rural population in the country who depend on the key staples for food sustenance. Should the current weather conditions remain unchanged, the country’s crop and livestock production and consequently food security status remains at stake. Many Kenyans and especially the poor will continue to suffer the brunt of this situation through reduced food access.

Experts have predicted the impending food shortage and advised Kenyans to brace themselves for tough times ahead as prices of key agricultural consumer goods are expected to rise. The government however has maintained there is enough food to sustain the nation even as official estimates also indicate that over 1.3 million people are food insecure with majority living on food relief. The situation is ecpected to deteriorate further before getting better after the March April rains.

In a recent survey undertaken by Tegemeo Institute on maize crop prospects and the food situation in 2016/2017, mixed signals on potential crop performance were noted. Production for 2016 was estimated at about 30 million bags, some 7 million bags lower than 2015. At the time the study speculated there was possibility of the La Niña weather phenomenon occuring in late 2016 and thus compromising the short rains harvest. This has come to pass as the short rains came one month late and lasted for only two weeks, which is not adequate for crop maturity. Shortfall in domestic maize supply in the months of May, June, and probably July that may require to be augmented by imports. The report also showed that we will therefore need between 6 and 9 million bags of imports to cover the shortfall period.

Maize is a major staple consumed by many households and its limited supply is often construed to mean food deficit. The current food insecurity problems are attributed to factors such as low productivity, frequent droughts in the country, high costs of production and high costs of inputs for which a large proportion of the population has low purchasing power due to high levels of poverty. Many Kenyans are already bearing the burden with rising food bills due to escalating food prices and this may last for several months till mid this year.

Continuous monitoring of the situation will enable identification of key challenges and opportunities for increased production in future as well as areas of policy intervention. The Institute as part of its mandate to offer evidence backed policy advice to stakeholders’ advocates for policy measures to prepare early for a maize shortage. Taking into account the lag-time in procurement processes there is need to manage potential deficits in order to help contain food prices as well as making early consideration of potential sources of such imports given the drought in the region which may trigger export bans in surplus producing countries and the limited availability of GMO free maize. An evaluation of the 50% Common External Tariff (CET) on imports is also needed for potential imports of maize from outside EAC or COMESA.

Despite favorable conditions for production, the nation has over the years grappled with similar situations, thus implying unexploited potential and/or lack of sufficient policy support for increased production. Measures such as investments in irrigation and water-harvesting devices to contain weather induced pressures that have consistently dogged the economy will also go a long way in offering long term solutions to the need for consistent adequate food production in the future. In a previous report, the Institute had advocated for irrigation development as a strategy the government can employ to improve food security. Lessons drawn from irrigated maize production studies showed that irrigation is profitable and that the Galana Kulalu food security project has the potential to produce about half of the country’s food requirement thus contributing significantly to food security and the GDP through the incomes earned. Efficient use of land, fertilizer and water under both intensive and extensive maize production under irrigation, were identified as factors that would contribute to lowering the unit cost of production and lead to increased food production. Since the production of irrigated maize is flexible, there can be more than one crop in a year thus implying that high returns can be achieved if production is targeted at seasons when there is low supply of maize in the market. We advocate it is time that concerned stakeholders pool in efforts to ensure necessary measures are put in place to restore the agriculture sector to a viable state.

By Francis Karin and Judy Kimani, Tegemeo Institute

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