Improving Participation in Agricultural Commodity Markets for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya: Assessing Growth Opportunities for Women

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

Date: October, 2013

Introduction:

The study on Improving Participation in Agricultural Markets for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya: Assessing Growth Opportunities for Marginalized Groups was aimed at assessing growth opportunities for marginalized groups in three value chains, namely, avocado, sweet potato and indigenous chicken. The main objective was to identify critical bottlenecks and assess growth opportunities that could be exploited in improving market access and participation by marginalized groups especially women. Findings showed that several opportunities exist along the three value chains, which could be harnessed to enhance the participation of women in the value chains. Such opportunities include unmet demand for sweet potatoes and indigenous chicken in the domestic market and avocado in both domestic and international markets, and potential for value addition for products from the three enterprises.

Improving Participation in Agricultural Commodity Markets for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya: Assessing Growth Opportunities for Women