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UKAID Department for International Development (R4D) 2002

Improved agricultural rural transport for Kenya

Transport Rural Kenya

UKAID Department for International Development (R4D)

Titre : Improved agricultural rural transport for Kenya

Pays : Geographic Area : Limuru, Kirinyaga/Embu, Busia, Machakos/Kajiado and Laikipia Districts of Kenya

Projet de recherche pour le Développement : R8113

DFID Programme : Crop Post Harvest

Organismes de mise en œuvre  : Lead Institutes : Kenya Network for Draught Animal Technology (KENDAT)

Durée : Start Date : 01-04-2002 — End Date : 30-12-2004

Objectifs  : Assess how agricultural production and marketing stimulate demand, the associated bottlenecks and promotion opportunities available for improved supply of transport services to the smallholder agricultural sector.

It is evident in Kenya that a thriving economy depends on the security of smallholder farmers and other business people, which in turn depends on the marketing of their agricultural produce. The limitations on post-harvest activities including marketing, imposed by poor communications, are now being acknowledged, and each East Africa country is raising commitment to increasing transport options. In Kenya, for example, bicycle tax has been removed (Budget Speech June, 2001) leading to immediate increase in bicycle use. In a country where relatively spontaneous use of bicycles has arisen, it is curious to find out to what extent they serve the interests of agriculture and farmers, who are mostly women. Existing agricultural transport operations are curtailed by poor rural infrastructure, and severely hamper the expansion of agricultural production, and thus rural economic development. No comprehensive studies have been undertaken in agricultural rural transport systems in East Africa. Studies in or touching East Africa such as by Airey A (1990) Barwell I.J. et al. (1985,1987,1996), Kaira C.K. (1983) Sieber (1996), World Bank (1977), Sylte (1996), Riverson et al. (1991), Gaviria (1991, Malmberg (1994) and others have been ,piecemeal, and never gave the broader picture of problems related to agricultural rural transport, as sought by the proposed project.

Total Cost to DFID : £207,418

Présentation : Recherche for Developàment (R4D)

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