African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6666

Intervention designs for perceived improved access to farm productivity- enhancing resources in the drylands: Case study of Kenya

  Lemba Jacinta*, D’Haese Marijke, D'Haese Luc and Speelman Stijn        
Department of Agricultural Economics, Ghent University, Belgium.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 24 July 2010
  •  Published: 18 September 2010



In Kenya’s dryland districts, gaps in access to productivity-enhancing resources are disconcertingly wide despite the growing number of external interventions. This research paper evaluates five past interventions to identify resource access gaps and effective designs replicable in the region. The study used cross-sectional data collected from sampled participants in each of the interventions. A two-stage regression model was used to assess the perceived effectiveness of the interventions. Results of the analysis showed that access to productivity-enhancing resources particularly irrigation, quality seeds, fertilizers and markets was patchy and low. Furthermore, access was significantly high where complementary resources could be found in a single intervention. Conclusively, resource planning should be an integral part of every intervention. Towards this end, irrigation and markets for credit and produce are critical. Moreover, use of the participatory intervention design is recommended in order to foster identification of complementary resources, which are relevant for specific socio-economic and natural contexts.


Key words: Intervention designsresource access, farm productivity, dryland, Kenya.