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Overview of key events

  • 2010: MAFAP project in Kenya launched

  • 2010 and ongoing: Capacity building activities in using MAFAP’s methodology

  • 26 September - 5 October 2012: Retreat with country partners to prepare the Country Report

  • 3-12 April 2013: Technical workshop with country partners to share and validate MAFAP results, formulate policy recommendations and prepare for a policy forum where results will be shared with a wider audience

  • 23 May 2013: National policy forum to share MAFAP findings and recommendations with government officials, policy makers, donors and other key stakeholders

  • September 2013: East Africa Regional Workshop to share and compare results with other MAFAP countries in the region
  • January 2014 and ongoing: The country team is currently working to update MAFAP indicators and technical notes to 2011/12, prepare technical notes for five new commodities (potatoes, dairy, french beans, cassava and snow peas), and produce additional policy briefs on key findings

Policy Analysis Partners

Policy Dialogue Partners

Commodities Analysed

  • The Kenya Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) [website]

  • The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) [website]

  • Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) [website]
  • Kenya Cotton Development Authority (CODA)

  • The Kenya Sugar Board (KSB)

  • The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS)


  • Maize
  • Wheat
  • Rice
  • Sugar
  • Cotton
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Milk
  • Live Cattle
  • Sorghum
  • Cassava
  • Potatoes
  • Dairy
  • French beans
  • Snow peas

Key Findings

  • Government policies to promote commercial agriculture in order to raise incomes and increase food security in Kenya are supported through high levels of public expenditure. However, apparent imbalances across spending categories exist.

  • Most government funds have been allocated to research and extension, input subsidies to producers and infrastructure, with little to no investment in constructing markets, building storage facilities, increasing public food stocks and improving inspection and marketing.

  • The percentage of the government budget going to agriculture and rural development has increased by 12 percent since 2006, though it is still well below the Maputo target.

  • Price incentives for producers have generally increased since 2005, though this trend was largely driven by high domestic prices during food shortages in 2008 and 2009. Therefore, it is uncertain whether this positive trend will be sustained in the long term.

Key Resources

  • Ten technical notes on market price incentives and disincentives in Kenya for maize, wheat, rice, sugar, cotton, coffee, tea, milk, cattle and sorghum

  • Analysis of public expenditure to support agriculture and rural development in Kenya

  • A comprehensive country report

  • A database with all indicators and supporting information

  • Information for capacity development in analyzing market price incentives and disincentives, as well as public expenditure

  Find out more  Read full country report

Kenya MAFAP Team (Left to Right): Luis Monroy (FAO), Wellington Mulinge (KARI), Festus Murithi (KARI), Stella Makokha (KARI), Okeyo Isaiah (MoA), Rosemary Emongor (KARI), Mohamed Ahmed (FAO), Anne Onyango (MoA), Dave Nyongesa (KARI), Nancy Laibuni (KIPPRA), Stephen Odhiambo (MSP), Simon Githuku (KIPPRA), Daniel Kilambya (KARI) and Megan Witwer (FAO).

Kenya Policy Briefs