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Title:Kenya's Experience in Promoting Smallholder Production of Flowers and Vegetables for European Markets
Author:Kimenya, Lydia N.
Periodical:African Rural and Urban Studies
Geographic term:Kenya
grain legumes
small farms
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Abstract:This study examines Kenya's experience in mobilizing smallholders to grow and market flowers and beans for export. The study is based on fieldwork carried out in 1992 among smallholder flower growers from Kiambu and Nyandarua districts and bean growers from Mwea division of Kirinyaga district. The study demonstrates that both flower and vegetable production for export have a large potential for smallholder income generation. Both public and private sectors have played complementary roles in promoting the horticultural export sector in Kenya. Although smallholders have successfully penetrated this high value export sector, they still face many organizational and technical constraints. In the case of flower growers, these include lack of access to technical information and planting material, lack of access to capital, and lack of access to reliable market information; in the case of bean growers, lack of capital and limited access to credit, limited access to technical information, limited access to contract production and marketing arrangements, and lack of access to market information. Bibliogr., notes, ref.