Recent Success Stories under the TAPRA II Program

Introduction

Tegemeo Agricultural Policy Research and Analysis (TAPRA) II program is a 5-year collaborative program between Egerton University’s Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy Research and Development and the Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University (MSU), to be implemented from June 2012 to May 2017. The main activities are framed within the four broad thematic areas guiding TAPRA II, namely:

Key Success stories under TAPRA II

The following is a summary of the main successes that the Institute has achieved over the last one year during the implementation of the TAPRA II Program. The stories highlight the major activities that the Institute has done, collaborated in/took part in.

The Institute has conducted an assessment of the food security situation, focusing on maize production and stocks as well as imports and a report has been prepared. Budgets for maize and wheat have also been prepared based on data from selected growing regions in Kenya.

In addition to the usual cost of production (COP) work, the Institute, in partnership with other policy institutes in the region has joined the Agri benchmark group in an effort to adopt the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for farm level analysis to allow comparison of the COP structures across countries. The Institute has then used the Agri benchmark approach to develop maize budgets, and has come up with typical or representative small scale and large scale farm budgets.

Tegemeo to venture into modern day data collection and analysis technology

The Institute has also been exploring the use of the Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) to replace the paper and pencil method of field data collection traditionally used. Some staff have been trained on Surveybe and SurveyCTO, which are survey platforms for electronic data collection. The piloting phase using CAPI was done towards end of 2013 and was successful hence the Institute will transition to its use in the future.

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Tegemeo’s outreach and advocacy

The Institute organised a breakfast forum in October 2013 entitled “Achieving Sustained Food Supply in Kenya: The Role of Selected Policy Instruments.” The aim of the forum was to bring together a select group of high impact stakeholders to deliberate on options to ensure sustained food supply in Kenya. The forum drew participants from the relevant Government Ministries (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Office of the President, National Treasury, etc), Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives, National Assembly, State Corporations e.g. NCPB, KARI, KMS, development agencies (USAID, FAO, etc) private sector, (millers and input suppliers), farmer organizations, consumer organisations, research institutes and universities, among others. The following Technical bulletin and two Policy Briefs were presented and shared during the forum:

Proceedings of the policy forum have also been finalized and shared with stakeholders.

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This forum elicited a lot of interest and debate and as a result, Tegemeo appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives to participate in a debate on GMO’s with the State Department of Agriculture and also made further presentations on the Implementation of the VAT Act 2013 (at the ATPAF-ESA meeting in Nairobi). The Institute was also incorporated into a team with the Ministry of Agriculture, FAO and other stakeholders on a 2 weeks field trip to reassess the food situation in the country including the role of the fertilizer subsidies and the effects of the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) on maize productivity.

Presentations in various local and international meetings

Analyses on various other issues in Kenya’s agricultural sector have been conducted and the Institute researchers have participated in various Local and International Meetings and conferences.

At the annual Conference of the American Association of Agricultural Economics (AAEA), held in Washington DC, USA, in August 2013, two papers were accepted and presented:

a)     Fertilizer use among smallholder farmers in Kenya: the role of off-farm employment

b)    The role of varietal attributes on adoption of improved seed varieties: the case of sorghum in Kenya

The Institute also prepared and presented papers at the 4th International Conference of African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), held in Tunisia in September, 2013.

Papers presented at the conference include:

i)     Sweet potato marketing among smallholder farmers: the role of collective action

ii)    Household food security and commercialization among smallholder farmers in Kenya

iii)   Urban demand for smallholder crops; the case of fruits and vegetables in Nairobi, Kenya

iv)  Comparative Cost of Maize Production Study in East/Southern Africa using the Agri benchmark approach. - This presentation was made at the invited panel session on Introducing the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) in East/Southern Africa: Toward a Coordinated and Locally Driven Research Agenda, and  also during a ReNAPRI board meeting held during the conference that took place in Tunisia, 2013. ReNAPRI is a regionally coordinated network of national agricultural policy research institutes in Africa and was created to respond to related challenges by promoting a coordinated and locally driven research agenda.
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Tegemeo at the MTEF budget Public Hearing

The institute was also invited as a discussant in the public hearings of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) Budget 2014/15-2016/17 for the Agricultural and Rural Development (ARUD) Sector in January 2014. The Institute made a presentation titled Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) Budget 2014/15-2016/17: Agricultural Rural and Urban Development (ARUD) Sector during this meeting. Readmore...

County Dissemination workshops

The Institute has also prepared an information package for the six counties whose data had been analysed and presented during County dissemination workshops held in 2011/2012 and sent them to the respective County Governors, many of whom acknowledged the benefits of receiving that kind of information.

The Counties that benefited in the first dissemination exercise include: Kakamega, Kisumu, Kirinyaga, Uasin Gishu, Makueni and Nyeri. Preparation of analysed information from the remaining counties is ongoing.