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  • 5th Edition Mau-Egerton Univ Cross Country, 2018

    5th Edition Mau-Egerton Univ Cross Country, 2018

    Tegemeo's Josiah Masai soldiers on, as the Institute takes part in efforts geared towards rehabilitation of the Mau ecosystem and Njoro River.

  • 5th Edition Mau-Egerton Univ Cross Country, 2018

    5th Edition Mau-Egerton Univ Cross Country, 2018

    Tegemeo's Eliud Kimaru crosses the finish line as the Institute takes part in efforts geared towards rehabilitation of the Mau ecosystem and Njoro River.

  • 5th Edition Mau-Egerton Univ Cross Country, 2018

    5th Edition Mau-Egerton Univ Cross Country, 2018

    Tegemeo's Kevin Onyango crosses the finish line as the Institute takes part in efforts geared towards rehabilitation of the Mau ecosystem and Njoro River.

  • 5th Edition Mau-Egerton Univ Cross Country, 2018

    5th Edition Mau-Egerton Univ Cross Country, 2018

    Egerton VC Prof. Rose Mwonya nears the finish line in the cross country.

  • Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Documenting our stakeholders engagement in the outreach agenda - Conference 2017 participants Conference Theme: Transforming Agriculture for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods

  • Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Dr. Miltone Ayieko, Tegemeo Institute officially welcomes participants to the conference.- Conference Theme: Transforming Agriculture for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods

  • Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Dr. Miltone Ayieko, Tegemeo Institute officially welcomes participants to the conference.- Conference Theme: Transforming Agriculture for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods

  • Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Prof. Rose Mwonya, Egerton University VC gives welcoming remarks during the conference.- Conference Theme: Transforming Agriculture for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods

  • Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Part of the Key guests during the conference, His Excellency Mr James Nyoro, Deputy Governor Kiambu County and Egerton University VC Prof. Rose Mwonya. - Conference Theme: Transforming Agriculture for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods

  • Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    His Excellency the Deputy Governor of Kiambu County Mr. James Nyoro gives the keynote address. - Conference Theme: Transforming Agriculture for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods

  • Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    His Excellency the Deputy Governor of Kiambu County Mr. James Nyoro gives the keynote address. - Conference Theme: Transforming Agriculture for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods

  • Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Participants keenly following the proceedings. - Conference Theme: Transforming Agriculture for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods

  • Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Participants keenly following the proceedings. - Conference Theme: Transforming Agriculture for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods

  • Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    Tegemeo Conference 2017, 5th-6th December 2017

    The media is a key stakeholder in Tegemeo's Research & Outreach agenda. We put in every effort to maximize their engagement in enhancing research dissemination and uptake.

  • 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 @ 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 @ 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 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

    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

  • Tegemeo at the Mau - Egerton Cross Country 2017

    Tegemeo at the Mau - Egerton Cross Country 2017

    Egerton University VC Prof. Rose Mwonya Crosses the finishing line

  • Tegemeo at the Mau - Egerton Cross Country 2017

    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”

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    long shot during confe 2017

  • 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

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Transforming the Structure of Agricultural Information Systems Using Mobile Phone Technology

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The Mobile Phone is the magic bullet that farmers have been looking for to reduce information search costs and marketing transaction costs. They have increased small holder farmers access to information on distant markets. Mobile phone technology, dubbed as the market on your palm, serves as the key source of information for majority of rural households. This is where 80% of population resides and are dependent on agriculture as their main source of livelihood. The sector contributes about 25% of Kenya’s GDP and is considered as an engine for growth to the rural and overall economy through its forward and backward linkages with other sectors and externalities in an economy.

Growth of the agricultural sector impacts positively on the Kenyan economy and farmers, who are the main, yet the weakest actors. Majority of farmers in the rural areas are resource poor, owning small land parcels of less than 5 acres. They are characterized with low agricultural productivity and high poverty levels.  Improving the welfare of these farmers requires their production challenges to be addressed. This can be achieved through transformation of the sector and this is key to poverty reduction and enhanced economic growth. 

Low agricultural productivity has been attributed to lack of information, a factor that has the potential to increase farm productivity by up to 6%. The main source of information for farmers in Kenya has been agricultural extension service from the State Department of Agriculture (SDA). In Kenya, following devolution, agricultural extension services have not been readily available due to insufficient budgetary allocation, high cost of extension service delivery, inability of farmers to make follow-ups on technologies delivered, and institutional rigidities where the extension agent has to deliver  information in person. To improve extension service delivery, it is imperative that the County Governments must have policies that will strike a balance between the food security objectives and the desire to improve income levels of farmers. The sector therefore requires more attention than its contribution to the national economy.

The policy targets of the Kenyan government for many years has been improving the livelihoods of small farmers which is key for enhanced social and economic development. Therefore, the government has been promoting the use of alternative sources of information through innovations. One such innovation is the use of mobile phones as a source of information in agriculture.

This platform promotes information and knowledge sharing whose important factors are for enhancing agricultural productivity. Adoption of modern technology is a key driver of transformation in the agriculture sector. Timely adoption and appropriate use of easily and widely available mobile phone technology in agricultural operations is one opportunity that may help in realizing the ‘digital opportunities’, enhancing rural productivity and hence contribute  to  reducing  urban-rural  inequalities. Using the mobile phone platform to share agricultural information epitomizes the transformation of agriculture information service delivery. This technology can be used to enhance agricultural productivity, attract youth participation by making investment in the sector highly remunerative and reduce reliance on service offered by frontline extension agents.

With improved access to agricultural information, farmers can effectively plan on how much to plant and where to invest their money. However, it is important to address issues of mobile connectivity and user friendly content. These would encourage easy learning and reduce production risks associated with information challenges. For improved agricultural production and productivity leading to improved rural livelihoods and food security. It can be used to to maximize the livelihoods of rural farmers.

There are a number of mobile friendly services offered to farmers MPesa, MFarm which tapped in to Kenyas unbanked market and provided value for money. Others are eSoko, and iCow.

With increasing penetration of mobile networks and widespread use of mobile phones, the flow of information has been enhanced in Kenya, which has a mobile phone penetration of 87% among its population. Therefore, mounting agricultural services on these expansive mobile platform is one strategy that can be used to enhance service delivery to farmers.

However, just like the IT, mobile technology is still evolving and new frontiers are emerging.  Understanding and exploiting information flow arising from these new opportunities is important for mobile phone services targeting agricultural trade and farmers.

Report by Dr Dennis Otieno a Research Fellow at Tegemeo Institute

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