Plantwise Impact: Results and lessons from Kenya
Published: September, 2018
This brief is a digest of a mixed-methods evaluation report of the impacts of CABI’s Plantwise programme in Kenya, undertaken by American Institutes for Research (AIR).
- Results from quantitative studies show that Plantwise contributes to improvements on yields, crop-based household incomes and reductions in pesticide usage for farmers living in plant clinic catchment areas.
- Stakeholder testimonials show that Plantwise is improving institutional coordination in national plant health systems, generating more knowledge, and improving the likelihood of detecting and responding to pest outbreaks.
- Qualitative feedback and analysis of administrative data show that the process through which Plantwise is implemented is innovative and comprehensive, with intervention of the programme improving knowledge of extension agents and management of data providing insights into where response interventions should be targeted in order to address plant health problems.
- A benefit-cost analysis of Plantwise in Kenya shows that estimated monetary benefits outweigh the costs of implementing the programme at a ratio of 2.9:1 and an internal rate of return of 54%.
Worldwide, over 500 million smallholder farmers provide food for two-thirds of the earth’s growing population. Achieving a zero hunger world by 2030 depends on increasing the productivity of these smallholder farmers – but their crops face a significant threat. Yearly, an estimated 40% of crops grown worldwide are lost to pests. If we could reduce crop losses by just 1%, we could potentially feed millions more people. The lack of access to timely, appropriate and actionable extension advice makes it a fundamental challenge for farmers to get the right information at the right time to reduce crop losses.