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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) 2013

Improving Measurement of Farmers’ Skills in Western Kenya

Farmer Skills Kenya

Innovations for Poverty Action

Titre : Measurement of Farmers’ Skills in Western Kenya

Région /Pays : Kenya

Date : Oct. 2013 – March 2016

Présentation
Farmers in western Kenya have limited knowledge of farm inputs suitable for the agro-ecological conditions they face, and use of agricultural inputs in the region is low. This study in western Kenya evaluates how farmer experimentation and learning about different inputs impacts farmers’ subsequent use of high-quality inputs and the productivity of their farms

Programme
This study evaluates how farmer experimentation and learning about different inputs impacts subsequent use of high-quality inputs and agricultural productivity. The evaluation is being carried out in partnership with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) among 960 smallholder farmers in 96 villages in Siaya County, in rural western Kenya. Through a public lottery, half of the villages were randomly assigned to serve as a comparison group and the other half were assigned to the treatment group. Ten households in each treatment village (five randomly selected and five selected by village members) were invited to participate in agronomical trials for three seasons with either maize, soy, or a soy-maize intercrop. The trials began in two waves, with half of the treatment villages starting during the long rains in spring 2014, and the other half starting during the short rains in fall 2014. Farmers in the treatment group received free seeds, fertilizer and assistance with the preparation of demonstration plots of about 12 meters by 17 meters. These plots were subdivided into six subplots, of which one was a comparison plot. Each of the treatment plots have a different set of fertilizers and seed varieties, chosen in such a way that it should be possible to discern the effect of each product separately and in combination with others.

Partenaire  : International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA)

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