Tegemeo Adopts New Technology in its latest Research

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Tegemeo Institute has made a shift from the Paper And Pencil Interviewing (PAPI) to Computer Aided Personal Interviewing (CAPI). The adoption of the Computer Aided Personal Interviewing (CAPI) now means that the Institute has an opportunity to undertake any research and analysis faster and with more efficiency than before. The Institute has welcomed the shift noting that despite having used the Paper Aided Personal Interviewing for many years and produced excellent results, it’s time to move on with technology adopt it in every aspect possible. The Paper And Pencil Interviewing (PAPI) however has had several challenges such as having to print out the Paper questionnaires, having to carry them around and later on store them for future reference. CAPI however now makes data collection and its storage easy.

Tegemeo Institute, in collaboration with the University of California (UC) Davis and with support from Acumen Fund, ATAI and BASIS are carrying out an evaluation of the impact of maize hybrids developed by Western Seed (WS) Company on rural households in Western, Central and Eastern Regions of Kenya. The research track follows the Randomised Control Trial of the livelihood impacts of Western Seed hybrids. Through this approach the study hopes to induce significant adoption of Western Seed hybrids among a random set of farmers and compare key outcomes between the treatment and control households in the study areas. More specifically this research track hinges on three elements: Randomised Exposure to Western Seed awareness activities, Household-level inducements for adopting Western Seed maize hybrids and spatial heterogeneity between two key zones in Western Seed expansion plans i.e. the Central Kenya and lower mid altitude of Nyanza Province.

It is also said that farmers usually face constraints when it comes to purchasing seed and fertilizer. This study also aims at relaxing credit constraint through availing of vouchers to the households. Soil testing has also been done and the results given to farmers – all is aimed at helping explore the impact of heterogeneity (if impacts vary by soil quality), fine tune soil improvement recommendations, as well as to inform the public debate on fertilizer vouchers.