Compliance with Private Food Safety Standards among Smallholders in Kenya

In recent years, small-scale farmers in developing countries have looked beyond their national boundaries to expand the market for their produce. For this reason, compliance with various food safety standards has gained significance. One of the private food safety standards that Kenyan horticultural farmers have to adopt to remain in export production is the GLOBALGAP (formerly EURPGAP). Many small-scale vegetable producers in central and eastern Kenya lack the resources and capacity to undertake the costly investments involved, while others have left the lucrative export market due to inability to comply with these standards.

This project will be carried out by a team of agricultural economists, soil scientists, agribusiness extension workers, and quality standard and food safety specialists. The team will evaluate the drivers of producer GLOBALGAP compliance over different institutional arrangements (such as financing mechanisms); the economic viability of compliance; and the livelihood impact of compliance. In addition, the project aims to build the capacity of farmers and other locally based actors to enhance compliance and thereby contribute to increased welfare in the project area. Expected outputs include one PhD thesis, five master's theses, and various journal publications and policy briefs.

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Start Date

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

End Date

Thursday, March 27, 2014


36 months

IDRC Officer

Okwi, Paul

Total funding

CA$ 306,300


Kenya, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Dr. Rose Nyikal

Project Leader

Dr. John Mburu


University of Nairobi

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