A planning framework for improving the efficiency of transport services in the high value agricultural sub-sector, replicable in other values chains. Project AFCAP/GEN/060: Work Package 3 (Deliverable 5) Report

Abstract

The high value agricultural sector in Kenya is dominated by horticulture. The horticulture sector is the new ground for high value crop enterprises that can propel smallholder farmers from subsistence to commercial farming within short periods of time. The challenge is how to get the perishable produce to the market in good quality and on time. This report discusses logistical and transport issues for horticultural produce from small-scale producers.

The report attempts to use the lessons learnt about the way logistical and transport services are organized, to establish a framework that can build understanding and structure into the operations. The report does so with an aim of establishing a reference that planners and investors in the horticulture sector can use. The understanding highlighted in this report is going to be used to develop a reference manual for use by value-chain planners, regulators and investors targeting the high-value agricultural sector and involving smallholder farmers. Indeed, in a world of changing nutritional habits, rising world population, declining land, water and other resources, it is the smallholder in tropical lands that is in focus in today’s development interventions that hope to sustainably supply high quality fresh produce to the growing urbanized populations.

Citation

Anon. A planning framework for improving the efficiency of transport services in the high value agricultural sub-sector, replicable in other values chains. Project AFCAP/GEN/060: Work Package 3 (Deliverable 5) Report. (2013) 82 pp. [Rural Logistics for Smallholder Farmers to Meet New Agricultural Market Demands]

A planning framework for improving the efficiency of transport services in the high value agricultural sub-sector, replicable in other values chains. Project AFCAP/GEN/060: Work Package 3 (Deliverable 5) Report

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