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  • 1. Andrew Farrow DAPA, CIAT-Africa [email_address] 8 th June 2010 Nodes of Growth: improving legume seed networks in Kenya Eco-Efficient Agriculture for the Poor
  • 2. Objectives
    • Increase the availability and awareness of affordable improved bean seeds to previously excluded small-holder farmers in two districts in Kenya
    • Prove the methodology for wider-scale deployment in Kenya and Ethiopia and for other legume crops
  • 3. Nodes of Growth target districts Kirinyaga Makueni (Nzaui)
  • 4. Partners Small-holder bean producers in target districts Intermediate/secondary stakeholders, located near or in the target districts National level target institutions in Kenya International level target institutions Small-holder legume producers not in target districts
  • 5. Partners Catholic Diocese of Kisumu CARD Nangina 1&2 AEP Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay Self Help Development International Kenya Methodist church in Kenya- Nyambene Synod Caritas Muranga (Catholic Diocese) MoA Dryland Seed Ltd.
  • 6. Methodology
    • Geographical analysis of existing seed outlets
    • Recommendation of new distribution points
    • Dissemination of ‘location-based’ information on seed outlets
    • Assessment of mobile devices in supporting awareness of improved seed distributors and receipt of reciprocal performance information
  • 7. Analysis of existing seed outlets
  • 8. Recommendations for new outlets Mapping Location-Allocation Modelling
    • Greedy Add Heuristic
    • Maximal Coverage Problem
    • Arc Macro Language
    • Accessibility Analysis
    • Data Quality Assessment
    Mapping Results Location-Allocation Modelling Mapping
  • 9. Dissemination of seed outlet locations
  • 10. Dissemination of seed outlet locations 2009 = Drought Few seeds available No dissemination possible Extra mapping in western Kenya
  • 11. Mobile Phone Platform
    • Feasibility study conducted by Grameen Foundation’s Applab
    • Three main issues: inclusivity, sustainability, and effectiveness
    • Desk research and a field component in western Kenya with TL2 partners
  • 12.  
  • 13. Mobile Phone Platform: inclusivity
    • Some evidence for exclusion due to insufficient access to mobile phones
    • Phone ownership is at the range of 35%
    • For every 10 phones seven are owned by men and only three by women
    • Older and cheaper handsets, which are common in the study area, limit the types of information services that can be considered
  • 14.  
  • 15. Mobile Phone Platform: sustainability
    • Sustainability depends on:
    • Incentives for information collection by intermediaries and end users
    • Business model and revenue generation approach used
    • Models depend substantially on the information that is communicated and the number of users
  • 16.  
  • 17. Mobile Phone Platform: effectiveness
    • Existing technology is sufficient to effectively transmit and receive bean-related information
    • Effectiveness would be increased if GPS-enabled or other ‘smart’ phones were more widely available although this might have unintended negative effects on inclusivity
  • 18.  
  • 19. Future of Nodes of Growth
    • KARI given a bigger role in Kenya
    • Follow impact pathway
    • Extend to other legumes and countries
    • Possibilities exist within TL2 phase 2
    • Off-line mapping with On-line updates