Incentives for Change: Findings from an Impact Assessment of Tree Fruit Projects in Kenya (Presentation)

  • Date Posted: June 2, 2010
  • Authors: Henry Panlibuton, Jennefer Sebstad, Donald Snodgrass
  • Organizations/Projects: Action for Enterprises
  • Document Types: Evidence or Research, Other, Assessment
  • Donor Type: U.S. Agency for International Development

Henry Panlibuton of Action For Enterprise presented, “Incentives for Change: Findings from an Impact Assessment of Tree Fruit Projects in Kenya.” The seminar was the 27th installment of the Linking Small Firms to Competitiveness Strategies Breakfast Seminar Series sponsored by the USAID Microenterprise Development office.

Mr. Panlibuton presented the findings from a study of the impact of two USAID supported projects to develop tree fruit value chains in Kenya. The research was based on a survey of 1,640 smallholder farmers who grow avocado, mangos, or passion fruit in three provinces of Kenya – Central, Eastern, and Rift Valley. The sample included farmers who have participated in the Kenya Business Development Services (KBDS) project implemented by the Emerging Markets Group and the Kenya Horticulture Development Project (KHDP) implemented by Fintrac. It also included farmers in a comparison group of non-participants. The survey was complemented by qualitative research involving in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with over 100 individuals involved in the tree fruit value chain, including farmers, producer group leaders, input suppliers, extension workers, brokers, exporters and the KBDS and KHDP project directors and staff.