The Goal of GISAIA Kenya is to provide accurate information that enables policy makers to enact evidence based decisions that improve the lives of famers. The activities in GISAIA Kenya focus around the following main research and policy issues:
- Sustainable agricultural intensification: analyzing the efficiency and profitability of modern input use (with a focus on inorganic fertilizer and hybrid seed)
- Where and why is it profitable for farmers to use fertilizer in Kenya? What factors at the household and community level affect the profitability of these inputs?
- What complimentary management practices can improve maize to fertilizer response rates and make input use more profitable?
- To what extent is soil degradation inhibiting the profitable use of (and hence demand for) inorganic fertilizer?
- Are there cost-effective strategies by which farmers can amend/improve soil quality in ways that simultaneously promote sustainable and profitable forms of productivity growth?
- Emerging agricultural land constraints and the changing farm structure:
- Examining how the current formal and informal land institutions are playing out in facilitating smallholder-led agricultural transformation in Kenya.
- Analyzing the changing farm structure and if these changes are promoting national goals of agricultural productivity, food security and poverty reduction.
- Analyzing the efficiency of smallholder farmers in the context of declining farm sizes and limited off farm opportunities.
The work under GISAIA is being conducted in collaboration with the State Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries (Kenya), and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO).
Policy Engagement Outreach Contributions
- Can Economic and Environmental Benefits Associated with Agricultural Intensification Be Sustained at High Population Densities? A Farm Level Empirical Analysis. Daniel Kyalo Willy, Milu Muyanga and T.S Jayne. 5th International Conference of AAAE. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. September 25, 2016.
- Agricultural Input Subsidy Programs in Asia and Africa:
A Review of Recent Evidence.
T.S. Jayne and Nicole Mason. Presentation at workshop on “Making Subsidies Work for Kenya.” Nairobi, Kenya.1 September 2016.
- Maize Response to Nitrogen Role of soil quality. Milu Muyanga & T.S. Jayne. 2016 AAEA Annual Meeting.
August 2, 2016.
- Is Small Still Beautiful? The Farm Size-Productivity Relationship Revisited in Kenya. Milu Muyanga & T.S. Jayne. Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty 2016, Washington, DC. March 14-18, 2016.
- Triennial International Conference of Agricultural Economists, Milan, Italy. August 8-14, 2015.
- Inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. November 11-14, 2014.
- Africa’s Changing Farmland Ownership: Causes and Consequences T.S. Jayne, J. Chamberlin, L. Traub, N. Sitko, M. Muyanga, K. Yeboah, C. Nkonde, W. Anseeuw, A. Chapoto, and R. Kachule. AAEA & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. July 26-28, 2015.
- 2014 National Policy Conference
In collaboration with Kenya Land Alliance (KLA) National organized a National Conference on Emerging Land Issues in Kenyan Agriculture and their implications for Food Policy and Institutional Reforms held on October 30th, 2014 at Boma Inn Hotel, Nairobi. This conference brought together senior central government and county governments’ officials, development partners, non-governmental organization, local universities and research institutes representatives, and other land and agricultural sector stakeholders.
- Kenya Land Alliance Conference. Nairobi, Kenya. October 30, 2014.
- Africa’s Changing Farm Structure and the Employment Challenge. T.S. Jayne, J. Chamberlin, D. Headey, A. Chapoto, M. Muyanga, N. Sitko. IFPRI Headquarters, Washington, DC, September 4, 2014.
- How Does Rising Rural Population Density Affect Smallholder Agriculture? Evidence from Ethiopia, Kenya & Malawi. Milu Muyanga, J. Ricker-Gilbert, D. Headey, A. L., Josephson, T.S. Jayne. Food Seminar at IFPRI, Washington DC. September 4, 2014.
- Kenya Fertilizer Policy “Success Story”: 1990 to 2008. T.S. Jayne and Joshua Ariga. CAADP / African Union Partnership Platform Meeting. Durban, South Africa. 19 March 2014.
- Effects of Human Population Density On Smallholder Agriculture in Kenya. Milu Muyanga & TS Jayne. Presentation at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Kenya. Nairobi, December 3rd, 2013.
- Implications of Increasing Population Densities on Farm Intensification and Poverty Reduction Strategies in Kenya. Milu Muyanga & TS Jayne. Presentation at the USAID-Kenya, Nairobi, November 26th, 2013.
- Land Access in Kenya: Are The Current Land Polices Fostering Inclusive Agricultural Growth? Milu Muyanga & TS Jayne. Africa Studies Center, Eye on Africa Speaker Series. Michigan State University. October 24, 2013.
- Effects of Increasing Population Density on Smallholder Agricultural Intensification in Rural Kenya. Milu Muyanga & T.S. Jayne. Poster presentation. 1st International Conference on Global Food Security. Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. 29 Sept–2 Oct 2013.
- Land Access In Kenya: Are The Current Land Polices Fostering Inclusive Agricultural Growth? Milu Muyanga & TS Jayne. 1st International Conference on Global Food Security. Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. 29 Sept–2 Oct 2013.
- T.S. Jayne, Jordan Chamberlin, Lulama Traub, Nicholas Sitko, Milu Muyanga, Felix K. Yeboah, Ward Anseeuw, Antony Chapoto, Ayala Wineman, Chewe Nkonde and Richard Kachule. Africa's changing farm size distribution patterns: the rise of medium-scale farms. Agricultural Economics Volume 47, Issue S1, pages 197–214, November 2016.
- Megan Sheahan, Joshua Ariga, T.S. Jayne. Modeling the Effects of Input Market Reforms on Fertilizer Demand and Maize Production: A Case Study from Kenya. Journal of Agricultural Economics. November 2015.
- Burke, William, Robert Myers, and T.S. Jayne. 2015. A triple-hurdle model of production and market participation in Kenya’s dairy market. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 97(4): 1227–1246.
- Muyanga, Milu and T.S. Jayne. 2014. Effects of rising rural population density on smallholder agriculture in Kenya. Food Policy, 47.
- Sheahan, Megan, Roy Black, and Thom Jayne. Are Kenyan farmers under-utilizing fertilizer? Implications for input intensification strategies and research. Food Policy, 41 (2013): 39-52.
(Views expressed by the correspondents do not necessarily reflect the views of Michigan State University)