Bamboo Production : Livelihood Diversification for Smallholder Tobacco Farmers in South Nyanza, Kenya - Phase II

During the first phase of this project (103765), researchers conducted a market analysis for bamboo and bamboo products, compared the livelihoods of tobacco and bamboo farmers, and produced a series of community action plans for livelihood diversification. The results of the studies indicated that tobacco farming did little to improve farmers' living standards, that bamboo did well under the same conditions as tobacco, and that there is a huge potential market for bamboo products. However, further research is needed on the infrastructure to support this potential market.

In this phase, researchers will focus on assessing cooperative marketing systems and identifying best practices; undertaking feasibility studies and developing business plans for five bamboo products; establishing bamboo nurseries; conducting an environmental audit of tobacco farming in the region and evaluating the potential of two additional bamboo species.

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Start Date

Friday, December 18, 2009

End Date

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


36 months

IDRC Officer

Leppan, Wardie

Total funding

CA$ 398,400


Kenya, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Dr. Jacob Kibwage


South Eastern University College

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