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University of Amsterdam (2017)

Negotiating smallholders’ value chain inclusion : analysing the economic and political agency of small-scale farmers in Makueni and Bomet County, Kenya

Ghebreab M.I.

Titre : Negotiating smallholders’ value chain inclusion : analysing the economic and political agency of small-scale farmers in Makueni and Bomet County, Kenya

Auteur : Ghebreab M.I.

Université de soutenance : University of Amsterdam

Grade : Msc Thesis Human Geography 2017

Résumé
The Kenyan government’s vision to “transform Kenya’s agriculture into a profitable, commercially-oriented and internationally and regionally competitive economic activity that provides high-quality, gainful employment to Kenyans,” points to a paradigm shift from subsistence agriculture to agriculture that is driven by business models which are profitable and commercially oriented. The challenge remains to develop effective and sustainable strategies and policies that enable food security, poverty alleviation and the empowerment of marginalized groups within (global) value chains (GVCs). With regard to the multiplicity of stakeholders and factors that influence GVCs, value chain analyses have to take the different power relations into account when including small-scale farmers in multi-scale arrangements. This thesis provides insights into the socio-economic context and conditions that influence entrepreneurial smallholders’ capacities to realize their economic interests and the way these farmers are exercising their agency in value chain collaborations to achieve their livelihood objectives.

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