Embu QPM Innovation Platform

Description

Access to alternative protein source to the resource poor farmer (small scale farmers)

Basic Information

Entry Point

Access to alternative protein source to the resource poor farmer (small scale farmers)

Commodities

Country

Kenya

Location(s) of Innovation Platform in Kenya

  • Embu
  • Manyatta

Participating States, Villages and Institutions

Makengi, Ena, Itabua, Mutwovalle (over 100 farmers were involved in the work)

Date of Establishment

January 1st, 2003

Status of Innovation Platform

Active

Phase of Innovation Platform Progress

Phase 3

Innovations

Description of Innovations

Partners

Farmers

Private Sector

Policy Makers

Researchers

Extension

Micro Financing Institutions

CIMMYT (QPMD), KAPP, KALRO

Others

Total Number of Stakeholders

0 - 10

Opportunities Addressed

Qpm seed availability

Achievements to Date

  • 2 seed companies licensed to market for production (Freshco, Western seed)
  • Maize has diversified from food to feed (pigs and chicken)
  • Through QPM - managed to increase and stabilize maize production at 30%
  • Networking with Ministry of health-Embu to avail QPM to lactating mothers and for weaning babies
  • 100,00 0 Tonnes of QPM seed sold in the region (ECA countries- ASARECA)
  • Managed to produce 500 tonnes of QPM annually in Embu.

Challenges Remaining

Lack of maintenance of QPM villages for seed production. (organizational issues)

Sustainability Issues

  • Mechanisms for seed production in sufficient quantities not established.
  • Diversified utilization of QPM maize will encourage private companies to produce the seed

Innovation Platform Members