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  • Date: February, 8th 2017

    Venue: Sarova Panafric Hotel

    Given that majority of Kenyan farmers are small-scale producers characterized by small land holding and limited use of modern technologies, there is no doubt that the sector will bank on appropriate innovations to increase agricultural output against the ever increasing demand for food.Adoption of improved seed varieties is widely recognized as a key driver in improving productivity and addressing food security. In recent years, technological advancement has led to increase in the number of higher yielding varieties that are able to perform optimally under different ecological environments. For example, there now exists more than 250 maize hybrid varieties in Kenya. However, the expected gains from adoption of these varieties has not been realized. This puzzle is partly explained by low use of complementary inputs such as fertilizer and poor agronomic practices.

    Since 2012, researchers from Tegemeo Institute of Egerton University and the University of California, Davis have been undertaking a study on adoption of new hybrid maize varieties in mid-altitude Kenya. Preliminary results of the study are now ready for sharing with a wider audience for discussion and feedback. The research has implications for both seed systems and policy interventions for promoting technology adoption.

    It is against this backdrop, that the research team organized a one day conference titled “Enhancing Small-holder Productivity in Kenya: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial of New Seed Varieties”. The conference will bought together policy makers, private sector, civil societies, practitioners, researchers of agricultural development, among others to discuss Kenya’s seed systems. 

    Presentations:

    Diversity of Production Environments and Practices by Dr. Mary Mathenge, Director Tegemeo Institute

    Productivity Profile under Different Technology Bundles by Dr. Tim Njagi, Research Fellow Tegemeo Institute

    Filling a Niche? Findings from an Impact Evaluation of Maize Hybrids in Mid Altitute Zones by Prof. Michael Carter, Director, BASIS Research Program UC Davis, USA

    How do Small Scale Farmers Learn About New Agricultural Innovations by Asst. Prof. Emilia Tjernstrom, University of Wisconsin, USA

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  • The Conference 2017 Participants

    The Institute held a successful two-day biennial policy conference under the theme “Transforming Agriculture for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Livelihoods”, to share its research findings and facilitate dialogue among stakeholders on the way forward for transforming agriculture.

    Conference research findings and discussions revolved around the thematic areas of productivity and input use, sustainable livelihoods and inclusivity in agriculture, consumption and welfare as well as how we can harness technology for sustainable agriculture transformation.

    Deliberations were made to seek for strategies that will continue to move the agricultural sector and the nation at large forward. The agricultural sector plays a key role in Kenya’s food security and overall economic growth. The sector is a key driver of the economic pillar of the Kenya Vision 2030, contributing about a third of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. Despite this critical role, the sector continues to face many challenges that include low agricultural productivity, unsustainable production systems, low input use, high input costs and climate variability and change.

    In a devolved system, and to continue playing its critical role in the economy, agriculture must be transformed to cope with the changing production, marketing and policy environments, and hence ensure broad, inclusive and sustainable growth. In addition, stakeholders need to consider agriculture’s contribution to food and nutrition security in a holistic manner.

    The Conference participants were drawn from the public sector, private sector organizations, civil society, development agencies, universities, and research institutes, among others.

    Conference Proceedings

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