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Vision 2030 Medium Term Plan Strategy for National Transformation 2008 – 2012: Accelerating Equitable Economic and Social Development for a Prosperous Kenya
Towards linking Agriculture, Poverty and Policy in Kenya is an Institute of Policy Analysis &
Research (IPAR) Policy brief (Volume 8, Issue 4, 2002).

For detailed discussion of the issues contained in this Brief, refer to
IPAR Discussion Paper No. 032/2002: Towards Linking Agriculture
Poverty and Policy in Kenya by John Omiti and Paul Obunde.
ISBN 9966-948-26-0
A copy can be obtained from:
Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR)
P. O. Box 45843, 00100 GPO Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: (+254 2) 251179/252885/331767
Fax: 251162
World wide web:
Visiting address:
15th Floor Ambank House, University Way

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010
file icon Livestock's long shadowhot!Tooltip 02/19/2012 Hits: 254


A Report on the Proceedings of the Information Sharing Workshop and the Ceremony for Signing the Kenya CAADP Compact and Launching of the ASDS, 23–24 July 2010, Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Nairobi, Kenya Compiled for the Agricultural Sector Coordination Unit (ASCU)

By Vitalis Musewe Workshop Moderator

October 2010


file icon Kenya ICT policyhot!Tooltip 02/04/2012 Hits: 120
Kenya ICT policy January 2006
file icon Kenya E-Govt ICT Strategyhot!Tooltip 11/28/2013 Hits: 226

Kenya Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)

file icon Food Safety Bill 2006hot!Tooltip 02/07/2012 Hits: 109

Food Safety Bill 2006


By Mr. Lutangu F. Mukuti (CAADP PILLAR II-Market Specialist/ regional focal point for farmer organization)

AIRC Strategic Plan 2008-2012

file icon AIRC annual Report 2010hot!Tooltip 01/01/2012 Hits: 391

AIRC annual report for the year 2010

Agricultural Sector Development Strategy 2010-2020

file icon Agricultural policyhot!Tooltip 10/13/2011 Hits: 322
AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION IN KENYA: PRACTICE AND POLICY LESSONS is a Egerton university (Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural Policy and Development,)Working paper 26/2006 prepared by Milu Muyangax and T. S. Jaynef


The objective of this study is to assess the range of alternative food crop and livestock
extension services currently operating in Kenya, what works, what doesn’t, and why. The report
is fundamentally descriptive, providing knowledge on the nature of the existing extension
providers, their characteristics, approaches employed and the challenges they face. Based on
successful cases, we identify attributes that may be important for future discussions about
extension service provision in Kenya and the role of the government in such a scenario. The
study covered 16 districts representing the various agro-regional zones present in Kenya.
The study highlights five (6) important findings: (1) private extension provision is
generally skewed towards well-endowed regions and high-value crops. Remote areas and poor
producers especially those growing low-value crops with little marketable surplus are poorly
served. Non-profit private providers are targeting them. But their scope is limited. (2) The
public extension service appears to be high-cost compared to private commercial and non-profit
extension services. (3) Since public resources for extension are very constrained, it may make
sense for public extension not to duplicate or overlap in the same areas that are being
provisioned more efficiently by commercial and non-profit systems. This would leave more
public resources for concentrating extension services for farmers in areas that are remote and
poorly served by the commercial systems. (4) However, the commercial and non-commercial
systems benefit from the presence of the public extension service. The alternative systems rely on
public extension workers for training and appropriate management advice, so even if the public
system was to withdraw to the more remote areas where private extension is unprofitable, it may
be appropriate to institute some type of commercial contracting of public sector extension system
staff so that the latter can impart needed skills and capacity building of the commercial
extension systems. (5) The government should consider contracting the private sector to offer
extension services in the disadvantaged regions. (6) The weight of
evidence suggests, in most cases, that private extension is not a substitute for public extension
and the public sector should funding extension significantly but in ways that do not duplicate
services already being provided by sustainable alternative extension providers.