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Innovations for Poverty Action (2015)

The Impact of Training for Market-Oriented Farming on Farmer Livelihoods in Kenya

Training Farmers Livelihoods Kenya

Innovations for Poverty Action

Titre : The Impact of Training for Market-Oriented Farming on Farmer Livelihoods in Kenya

Région /Pays : Kenya

Date : 2015-2020

Résumé
One reason for low incomes among smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa may be a lack of demand for their crops in the markets that these farmers have access to. In Kenya, Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion (SHEP) is a program that trains smallholder farmers to adopt a “market-oriented farming” approach involving shifts to more in-demand crops and adoption of new agricultural practices. Researchers are working with IPA to evaluate the program’s impacts on participants’ incomes and other measures of well-being such as health and educational opportunity.

Présentation
In Sub-Saharan Africa, many people’s primary source of income is smallholder farming, but profits are often low. One possible reason for low incomes among smallholder farmers is a lack of access to markets for the crops that they grow. As a result, programs that promote “market-oriented farming”—encouraging farmers to shift production to crops that are in higher demand—may be an effective strategy for increasing farmer incomes. However, there is little existing rigorous evidence about this strategy. This research will provide evidence on how market-oriented farming affects household income and consumption, and how these impacts may lead to changes in overall welfare (including health, education, and gender equity).

Taille de l’échantillon  : Approximately 9,000 farming households in 18 counties

Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA)

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