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Recent Success Stories under the TAPRA II Program


Tegemeo Agricultural Policy Research and Analysis (TAPRA) II program is a 5-year collaborative program between Egerton University’s Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy Research and Development and the Department of Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University (MSU), to be implemented from June 2012 to May 2017. The main activities are framed within the four broad thematic areas guiding TAPRA II, namely:

  • Monitoring/tracking trends and patterns in agriculture and rural livelihoods
  • Policy research to inform key policy issues and initiatives
  • Outreach and advocacy
  • Capacity building both within and outside the Institute

Key Success stories under TAPRA II

The following is a summary of the main successes that the Institute has achieved over the last one year during the implementation of the TAPRA II Program. The stories highlight the major activities that the Institute has done, collaborated in/took part in.

The Institute has conducted an assessment of the food security situation, focusing on maize production and stocks as well as imports and a report has been prepared. Budgets for maize and wheat have also been prepared based on data from selected growing regions in Kenya.

In addition to the usual cost of production (COP) work, the Institute, in partnership with other policy institutes in the region has joined the Agri benchmark group in an effort to adopt the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for farm level analysis to allow comparison of the COP structures across countries. The Institute has then used the Agri benchmark approach to develop maize budgets, and has come up with typical or representative small scale and large scale farm budgets.

Tegemeo to venture into modern day data collection and analysis technology

The Institute has also been exploring the use of the Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) to replace the paper and pencil method of field data collection traditionally used. Some staff have been trained on Surveybe and SurveyCTO, which are survey platforms for electronic data collection. The piloting phase using CAPI was done towards end of 2013 and was successful hence the Institute will transition to its use in the future.

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Tegemeo’s outreach and advocacy

The Institute organised a breakfast forum in October 2013 entitled “Achieving Sustained Food Supply in Kenya: The Role of Selected Policy Instruments.” The aim of the forum was to bring together a select group of high impact stakeholders to deliberate on options to ensure sustained food supply in Kenya. The forum drew participants from the relevant Government Ministries (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Office of the President, National Treasury, etc), Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives, National Assembly, State Corporations e.g. NCPB, KARI, KMS, development agencies (USAID, FAO, etc) private sector, (millers and input suppliers), farmer organizations, consumer organisations, research institutes and universities, among others. The following Technical bulletin and two Policy Briefs were presented and shared during the forum:

  • Food Situation Assessment, 2013
  • Implications of Implementation of the VAT Act 2013 on Animal Feeds
  • Advances in Kenya’s Policy on GMO’s and its Effects on Food Security

Proceedings of the policy forum have also been finalized and shared with stakeholders.

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This forum elicited a lot of interest and debate and as a result, Tegemeo appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Cooperatives to participate in a debate on GMO’s with the State Department of Agriculture and also made further presentations on the Implementation of the VAT Act 2013 (at the ATPAF-ESA meeting in Nairobi). The Institute was also incorporated into a team with the Ministry of Agriculture, FAO and other stakeholders on a 2 weeks field trip to reassess the food situation in the country including the role of the fertilizer subsidies and the effects of the Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) on maize productivity.

Presentations in various local and international meetings

Analyses on various other issues in Kenya’s agricultural sector have been conducted and the Institute researchers have participated in various Local and International Meetings and conferences.

At the annual Conference of the American Association of Agricultural Economics (AAEA), held in Washington DC, USA, in August 2013, two papers were accepted and presented:

a)     Fertilizer use among smallholder farmers in Kenya: the role of off-farm employment

b)    The role of varietal attributes on adoption of improved seed varieties: the case of sorghum in Kenya

The Institute also prepared and presented papers at the 4th International Conference of African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE), held in Tunisia in September, 2013.

Papers presented at the conference include:

i)     Sweet potato marketing among smallholder farmers: the role of collective action

ii)    Household food security and commercialization among smallholder farmers in Kenya

iii)   Urban demand for smallholder crops; the case of fruits and vegetables in Nairobi, Kenya

iv)  Comparative Cost of Maize Production Study in East/Southern Africa using the Agri benchmark approach. - This presentation was made at the invited panel session on Introducing the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI) in East/Southern Africa: Toward a Coordinated and Locally Driven Research Agenda, and  also during a ReNAPRI board meeting held during the conference that took place in Tunisia, 2013. ReNAPRI is a regionally coordinated network of national agricultural policy research institutes in Africa and was created to respond to related challenges by promoting a coordinated and locally driven research agenda.
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Tegemeo at the MTEF budget Public Hearing

The institute was also invited as a discussant in the public hearings of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) Budget 2014/15-2016/17 for the Agricultural and Rural Development (ARUD) Sector in January 2014. The Institute made a presentation titled Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) Budget 2014/15-2016/17: Agricultural Rural and Urban Development (ARUD) Sector during this meeting. Readmore...

County Dissemination workshops

The Institute has also prepared an information package for the six counties whose data had been analysed and presented during County dissemination workshops held in 2011/2012 and sent them to the respective County Governors, many of whom acknowledged the benefits of receiving that kind of information.

The Counties that benefited in the first dissemination exercise include: Kakamega, Kisumu, Kirinyaga, Uasin Gishu, Makueni and Nyeri. Preparation of analysed information from the remaining counties is ongoing.

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Tegemeo at the Inaugural East Africa Evidence to Action Conference, 24th May 2017

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Tegemeo participated at the inaugrual East Africa Evidence to Action (ICED) Conference held on 24th-25th May 2017. 

Various speakers and panelists provided in-depth insight as well as practical tools that will enhance evidence based and data informed Policy and Practice in Africa.

Many topics were covered during this inaugural conference and in line with Tegemeo's mandate of disseminating its research findings to various stakeholders, we participated in various sessions. The Institute Director Dr. Mary Mathenge led a panel of other experts from the Institute comprising of:  

  1. Dr. Mercy Kamau, MLE Director, Tegemeo Institute
  2. Dr. Lilian Kirimi, Research Director, Tegemeo Institute
  3. Dr. Timothy Njagi, M&E Specialist, Tegemeo Institute
  4. Dr. Miltone Ayieko, Outreach, Communication & Partnerships Coordinator, Tegemeo Institute

The panel of experts discussed keys to translating Evidence to Policy and Practice: Lessons and Experiences from Agricultural Policy Research


Besides the Tegemeo team moderating in various sessions and exhibiting part of its research products, Dr. Timothy Njagi & Dr. Mary Mathenge presented at a break out session themed Adoption of Improved Technology. Their presentation was on lessons drawn from a study on Adoption of Technology Bundles among Smallholder Maize Farmers in Kenya Evaluating Socioeconomic Impacts of Mid-altitude Maize Hybrid Varieties in Kenya. Dr. Mercy Kamau and Dr. Fred Bagamba presented at yet another break out session themed: Adoption of Improved Technology. Their presentation was onImproving food security through the introduction of new seed varieties: How effective are demonstration plots and field days in influencing farmers adoption behavior towards new maize and bean varieties?

The conference was held at Park Inn Radisson Blu, Nairobi.

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Tegemeo-ELLA Workshop on Land Tenure and Sustainable Pastoralist Systems, 16th March 2017

Date: 16th March, 2017

VenueOlolulung’a Sub County Headquarters, Narok County

Pastoralism is an extensive form of livestock production that constitutes the main production system found in rangelands, providing livelihoods to an estimated of 500 million people globally. Similar to other parts of the world, the country’s public policy has not always pursued policies that are sustain pastoralism. This has been due to misconceptions about pastoralism, competition from other land uses, demographic changes and urbanisation. As such, pastoral communities in Kenya, similar to other parts of the world, are now facing immense pressure on their land.

Against this backdrop, Tegemeo Institute conducted a study that tracked how land tenure in pastoralist communities had changed. In addition, we were able to compare this evolution with what is happening to pastoral communities in other parts of the world with a view of learning from these experience and drawing lessons that will help pastoral communities sustain their productive systems. We have drawn lessons through interaction with experts from Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America. The findings from this work are now ready to be disseminated as we continue to engage in the debate for sustaining pastoralism. It is in the light of this that the Institute is organizing a workshop where key findings from this study will be presented and discussed. The workshop will brought together government bureaucrats, pastoral communities and other stakeholders working with pastoral communities.


Workshop Proceedings

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Tegemeo Hosts Press Conference on the Nations Food Situation and Rising Food Prices, Thursday 25th May 2017

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Tegemeo Institute hosted a Press Conference on Thursday 25th May 2017 discussing the food situation and rising commodity prices in the country. The focus was mainly given to maize, sugar and milk and was informed by a recent rapid assessment survey conducted by the Institute.

The Institute's Outreach Communication and Partnerships Coordinator Dr. Miltone Ayieko and other Senior Researchers gave emerging evidence and recommendations from the study that are key to informing and guiding policy related to the agricultural sector.

Journalists from key media houses covered the event.


Downloads from the event

See the press release

See coverage of the event

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Tegemeo at the Inaugural Food Security and Water NMG Leadership Forum, 3rd April 2017

Tegemeo Institute participated in the inaugural Nation Media Group (NMG) Leadership Forum as part of the panelists discussing matters related to development. The forum was launched as a platform bringing together professionals, stakeholders, leaders and Kenyans to discuss issues of national importance.

Tegemeo Institute’s Director, Dr. Mary Mathenge represented the Institute, at the forum which discussed issues of food security and water access to Kenyans. Dr. Mathenge noted that there is need for a serious review of the nation’s agricultural policies and their implementation, drawing from even, the nation’s budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector of 3%. The agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett concurred that the Ag Sector has been underfunded for a long time noting that the private sector can assist to bridge this gap. On matters of food security, the Institute had in late 2016, given indication of an impending drought come year 2017 following a study conducted on the competitiveness of key food staples in Kenya: role of production costs and pricing. Issues of food availability, accessibility, and affordability were identified as key drivers to a food secure nation and at this fora, it was noted that the government’s response to emerging issues in the Ag sector though right often come in late hence the effects of drought and high food prices being experienced.

The NMG Leadership Forum platform seeks to encourage dialogue on key issues affecting the country such as economy, agriculture, health, governance and financial markets.

Invitation to afREA Conference in Uganda

Invitation to afREA Conference in Uganda - 27th - 31st March 2017


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