Financial Diaries in the Field

ACWFS and Kenya take steps towards removing constraints to Climate Smart Agriculture

05/09/2019 | 5:18 PM

On March 4th 2019, Lia van Wesenbeeck and intern Emma van Schaik visited Kenya for the kickoff of the second stage of the "Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture" research project in the Nyando River Basin. Project partners are the University of Nairobi, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the University of Wageningen. The research focuses on possible credit/financial constraints for scaling up climate smart agriculture (CSA). With the use of financial diaries, which have never been used before in this context, data from all financially active household members in 123 households will be collected by 6 MSc students and 1 PhD student (also supervising the MSc students in the field) from the University of Nairobi. For a full year, they will pay weekly visits to the households and collect information on income, expenditure, loans taken/repaid. In addition, specific details on the uptake of CSA techniques are also collected.

For the kickoff, Lia van Wesenbeeck conducted a mock interview with a local farmer to highlight the functioning of the dedicated software. Following the first visits, feedback provided by the students was discussed with the ILRI field officer and the local project leader from the University of Nairobi, and some adjustments to the software have been made. Finally, local markets for food and cattle were visited to gain background information on local food variety and options for expansion of production, and a roundtrip through the area provided key insights in the extent to which CSA uptake already had an impact on vegetation and water holder capacity. The project is now up and running, and it has a promising future.