The impact of Bioversity International African Leafy Vegetables programme in Kenya

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Beech Tree Publishing


This article assesses the position of Bioversity International and its associates in the African Leafy Vegetables programme (ALV) and evaluates the effect of the programme on income of local farmers throughout four different areas in Kenya. For this assessment, a situation-based Ego, Alter and Researcher (EAR) instrument was used. This approach gathers data from three different perspectives and compares and analyzes all three. Bioversity staff members made up the Ego perspective. The Alter perspective consisted of Bioversity's external associates, which do not have a formal relationship. These groups were given in-depth interviews and the data was compared with project reports, peer-reviewed journals or other documents. The four study areas chosen were the Kisii district in Nyanza Province, the Tharaka-Nithi district in Eastern Province, the Kilifi district in Coast Province and peri-urban Nairobi. The first three sites were selected because of their extensive biodiversity in ALV and also their cultural diversity. Nairobi was included in the study because the second phase of the programme was focused around the city. The results indicated that Bioversity provided appropriate motivation and was an effective organizer of the ALV programme. There has been a significant increase in the cultivation, consumption and bartering of ALVs since 1997. Women remain the predominant force in a majority of ALV production. Typically those farms that sell ALVs have a slightly higher standard of living than those farms that do not sell ALVs.


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Biodiversity, Cash crops, Livelihoods, Agrobiodiversity, Poverty, Economic impacts, Development programs, Evaluations, Leafy vegetables, On-farm conservation, Project appraisal, Development programs, Green vegetables, Poverty alleviation, Agrobiodiversity, Alvs, In situ conservation, Kenya, Impact assessment, Farm/Enterprise Scale


Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 28(1): 41-55