Feb 24, 2017 - Policy Output

Maize Technology Bundles and Food Security in Kenya

Feed the Future with UC-Davis BASIS Policy Brief

BY TIMOTHY NJAGI, MARY MATHENGE, ERIC MUKUNDI AND MICHAEL CARTER

“Persistent food insecurity in Kenya has been attributed to low agricultural productivity, declining land sizes, climate change and variability and other challenges. We examined input combinations used by smallholder maize farmers to understand technology adoption in mid- and low-altitudes. Use of improved seed and fertilizer has the highest impact on productivity and food security, though fertilizer use is still low even among farmers using complementary inputs. Combined use of improved seed and fertilizer increased productivity and improved household welfare, though liquidity constraints and other barriers still limit overall use of improved technologies.”