Biotechnology in Africa pp 115-131

Part of the Science Policy Reports book series (SCIPOLICY, volume 7)

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Towards Optimizing the Impact of Tissue Culture Banana in Kenya



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.


Impact Value chain Biotechnology Adoption Farmers Scale up Kenya 



Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa


Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation International


Entrepreneurial orientation


Farmers Field Schools


Gross cropped area


Gross Domestic Product (Kenya)


Highridge Banana Growers and Marketing Association


International Development Research Centre


Kenya Agricultural Research Institute


Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service


Medium-Term Investment Plan (Kenya)


National Agricultural Research System (Kenya)


National Banana Association


Non-governmental organization


Rockefeller Foundation


Tissue culture


Tee Cee Banana Enterprises Limited


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Africa Harvest Biotech Foundation InternationalNairobiKenya

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