Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics  Research > Food Security Group > GISAIA > Kenya



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:

  1. 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?
  2. 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).

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