|During the next two years, Kilimo Trust will lead the implementation of the Beans Enterprises and Structured Trade (BEST-EAC): upgrading and deepening beans value chains in East Africa through ‘lead firm’ value chain models. The project is funded by FoodTrade East and Southern Africa program. The GOAL of the proposed project is to at least double the incomes of 10,000 commercially-oriented smallholder farmers in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Long-term, BEST-EAC will contribute to trade efficiencies and lead to reductions in cost of beans to consumers (especially low income earners) in the EAC.
Interview with bean seed farmers in Tanzania
| Focus group discussions with bean farmers in Siaya County
During the month of January 2016, a baseline setting exercise was conducted across EAC. Farmers were selected in districts with potential and historical trends of high bean production and the districts targeted by the BEST-EAC project. In Kenya, farmers were selected from Nakuru and Siaya; in Tanzania, the targeted districts were Mbeya Rural and Kilindi; in Uganda Kiboga and Kabale while in Rwanda, Burera and Ngoma districts.
Thirty (30) bean grain farmers were interviewed per district. In addition, bean seed farmers, bean off takers,
| extension officers, researchers, financial service providers and input service providers were interviewed. Focus group discussions were also conducted.
Farmers were selected from the groups that the project will work with and a control group of non-beneficiaries of the program. This exercise will enable the production of a baseline report for the BEST-EAC project. It will also provide the foundation for Monitoring and Evaluation of project’s deliverables, as well as the impact assessment at the end of the project.
Interview with FBO in Siaya county Kenya.