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The seed industry for dryland crops in Eastern Kenya

Author: Muhammad, L.
Author: Njoroge, K.
Author: Bett, C.
Author: Mwangi, W.M.
Author: Verkuijl, H.
Author: De Groote, H.
Year: 2003
ISBN: 970-648-112-5
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10883/1044
Abstract: The development and promotion of improved crop varieties as well as efficient seed production, distribution, and marketing systems have contributed significantly to increased agricultural production and food security in Kenya. However, these impacts have not been replicated in the semi-arid midlands due to climatic, soil, and institutional factors. Following the liberalization of agriculture in the late 1980s, there has been greater participation of the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and voluntary agencies in the area. This study examined the extent to which these developments affected farmers’ access to dryland crops. The study found that the low quantity of seed traded, high cost of production, and high seed supply prices constrained the development of local seed trade. It recommended developing and offering a range of varieties to farmers to increase demand, training to strengthen farmers’ capacity to manage seed onfarm, and reduction of high production and distribution costs through further research and institutional improvements. In addition, the “seed loans” model, which has been very effective in the area, should be strengthened.
Format: PDF
Language: English
Publisher: CIMMYT
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Type: Book
Country focus: Kenya
Region: Eastern Africa
Place of Publication: Mexico
Pages: 20 pages
Agrovoc: FOOD SECURITY
Agrovoc: PRIVATE SECTOR
Agrovoc: MARKETING
Agrovoc: AGRICULTURAL SITUATION
Agrovoc: PRODUCTION COSTS
Agrovoc: SEED PRODUCTION
Agrovoc: FARMING SYSTEMS
Agrovoc: DRY FARMING
Agrovoc: FARMERS
Agrovoc: FOOD SECURITY
Agrovoc: PRIVATE SECTOR
Agrovoc: MARKETING
Agrovoc: AGRICULTURAL SITUATION
Agrovoc: PRODUCTION COSTS
Agrovoc: SEED PRODUCTION
Agrovoc: FARMING SYSTEMS
Agrovoc: DRY FARMING
Agrovoc: FARMERS


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