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Tegemeo Agricultural Policy Research and Analysis (TAPRA) Project, Kenya

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Introduction Starting in 1997, Tegemeo Institute and MSU have designed, implemented, and analyzed household-level surveys to provide an objective vantage point for discussions on agricultural policy and poverty reduction strategies. The sample covered approximately 1,500 households in 24 districts in 1997, 1998, and 2000. Census data was used to find the populations of all non-urban divisions in the country. The populations in all these divisions were assigned to one or more agro-ecological zones (AEZ) based on secondary data1 and in-house experience. This process resulted in dividing Kenya's rural population into its make up by AEZ. Within each AEZ, two or three divisions were chosen on the basis of their importance (population) within their AEZ. Diversity in cropping patterns was allowed to influence the selection of divisions where it was not clear which divisions to choose. These divisions fell within 24 districts of the country. Details on the sampling procedure can be found in Argwings-Kodhek et al (1999), "How Can Micro-level Household Information Make a Difference for Agricultural Policy Making? Selected Examples from the KAMPAP Survey of Smallholder Agriculture and Non-Farm Activities for Selected Districts in Kenya," which is viewable and downloadable in the "Conference Papers" section of this site.

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