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Improving Participation in Agricultural Commodity Markets: Assessing Growth Opportunities for Women in the Indigenous Chicken Value Chain in Bomet and Mwala Districts

 

Improving Participation in Agricultural Commodity Markets: Assessing Growth Opportunities for Women in the Indigenous Chicken Value Chain in Bomet and Mwala Districts

Author(s): Lilian Kirimi, John Olwande, Mary Mathenge, Judith Oduol, Dagmar Mithöfer, and Frank Place*

Date: October 2013

Introduction

It is widely recognized that well-functioning input and product markets provide important opportunities for income generation and wealth creation and are, therefore, key in transforming agriculture from the semi-subsistence production systems that currently characterize much of rural Africa, to a more commercialized agriculture. However, participation of smallholder farmers and other marginalized groups in markets for inputs, products and services is often constrained by several factors. Hence, it is important to understand the constraints to market participation and the types of interventions that can overcome these constraints in order to unlock opportunities for involvement along a value chain.  The aim of this study was to conduct a detailed analysis of the indigenous chicken value chain in order to assess growth opportunities that would improve participation and integration of women to markets. The study was undertaken in two sites: Mwala Division, in Mwala district, Machakos County and Longisa Division in Bomet district, Bomet County.


Improving Participation in Agricultural Commodity Markets: Assessing Growth Opportunities for Women in the Indigenous Chicken Value Chain in Bomet and Mwala Districts  

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