Biotechnology in Africa pp 115-131

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Towards Optimizing the Impact of Tissue Culture Banana in Kenya

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Abstract

Banana (Musa spp.) is an important staple food and source of income for small-scale subsistence farmers in eastern Africa. The application of certified tissue culture (TC) planting material in smallholder farms, through a whole value-chain approach, has demonstrated significant improvement in productivity and income, confirming that the full potential of this crop is yet to be realized. Other attendant benefits to the adopters are economic, social, community, and health benefits. The smallholder TC adopters are entrepreneurs, and scaling up the TC adoption for national or regional impact will require a systems approach involving multidisciplinary teams to support them with technology development and access; technology transfer system; access to complementary inputs, credit or subsidy; infrastructural support; market linkages and conducive policy environment.

Keywords

Impact Value chain Biotechnology Adoption Farmers Scale up Kenya 

Abbreviations

AGRA

Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa

AHBFI

Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International

EO

Entrepreneurial orientation

FFS

Farmers Field Schools

GCA

Gross cropped area

GDP

Gross Domestic Product (Kenya)

HBGMA

Highridge Banana Growers and Marketing Association

IDRC

International Development Research Centre

KARI

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute

KEPHIS

Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service

MTIP

Medium-Term Investment Plan (Kenya)

NARS

National Agricultural Research System (Kenya)

NBA

National Banana Association

NGO

Non-governmental organization

RF

Rockefeller Foundation

TC

Tissue culture

TCBEL

Tee Cee Banana Enterprises Limited

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation InternationalNairobiKenya

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