[Day 3] Agcommons Quickwin: Nodes of Growth

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CGIAR-CSI Annual Meeting 2009: Mapping Our Future. March 31 - April 4, 2009, ILRI Campus, Nairobi, Kenya

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[Day 3] Agcommons Quickwin: Nodes of Growth

  1. 1. Nodes of Growth: Improving legume seed networks in Kenya
  2. 2. Nodes of Growth: Improving legume seed networks in Kenya • Background • Objectives • Approach – Products – Partners • Future
  3. 3. Background • Tropical Legumes II project: seed systems objective • Ethiopia and Kenya • Drought-prone areas • Two million farmers increased access to improved and preferred bean varieties in target sites and beyond • 750,000 small-holder farmers targeted in Kenya
  4. 4. Elevation: 1800m Rainfall: 800mm Uni-modal Elevation: 1300m Rainfall: 850mm Bimodal
  5. 5. Background • Seeds produced by private sector companies and community based multipliers • Distributed by NGO in small packs • Questions: 1. Where are the seeds going 2. Do farmers know where to obtain seeds 3. How well are the improved seeds adapted to these environments
  6. 6. Objective • Ensure that more small-holder producers are included in the ‘last ten kilometres’
  7. 7. Approach • Adoption of drought-tolerant varieties depends on: 1. Sufficient seed stocks 2. Outlets of appropriate improved seeds 3. Access to outlets 4. Well-informed small-holder farmers 5. Demand for seed 6. Resources to buy seed
  8. 8. Approach CIAT-TSBF/CNFA Optimisation of input stockists in Malawi Objective: 80% of population within 1 hour of stockists
  9. 9. Activities • 1. Data collection of locations of existing seed outlets, road network and target population in Kenya • 2. Analysis of current accessibility to seed outlets • 3. Recommendations on location of future potential outlet locations • 4. Dissemination of maps to producers via NGOs and extension service • 5. Feasibility study for disseminating seed information via mobile phones
  10. 10. 1. Data Collection - Roads
  11. 11. 1. Data Collection - Outlets • Farm Input Promotions (FIPS) Africa Ltd. • Leldet seeds Ltd. • DSL Seeds Ltd. • Kenyan Agricultural Research Institute
  12. 12. 2. Analysis of access to seed
  13. 13. 3. Recommendations
  14. 14. 4. Dissemination FIPS-Africa • 2 User groups – Researchers and seed suppliers – Small-holder farmers • Limited to areas where there is demand for improved varieties (e.g. Kirinyaga & Makueni) • Existing dissemination materials • Potentially easy to adapt • Seek agreement/options on content • Multiple dissemination channels • e.g. 1-2 development workers + 15 field assistants per district
  15. 15. Harvest More Beans with Katumani Bean (KB - 9) from Leldet Ltd. The Katumani bean (KB - 9) is early-maturing (60 days), high-yielding, sweet-tasting and quick to cook. It is rapidly gaining popularity amongst farmers in Nzaui district. Katumani bean (KB-9) Local variety Farm Input Promotions Africa; 08.06.2005 Farm Input Promotions Africa; 05.07.2005 Farm Input Promotions Africa; 07.06.2005 The KB-9 bean is available in small 100 g packs for only KSh 10! Ask for seeds from your local agro-dealer!
  16. 16. Where to get KB9 in Nzaui district Kilome agro- dealers Wote inputs ltd MK Ltd Kasikeu stockists
  17. 17. 5. Mobile phones - Grameen • Feasibility study – Inclusivity – Effectiveness – Sustainability • Two-way communication • Business model • Technical model for managing location specific information
  18. 18. Future • Scale-out – Kenya – Ethiopia – Other legumes in SSA • Implementation of mobile dissemination and feedback

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