This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Summary for Project title: R8113: Improved agricultural rural transport
Community Parliaments (CPs) offer well-structured, innovative mechanisms
for making local voices heard. They also improve coordination and
dialogue among community groups, creating an empowering platform to
steer local development. In Kenya, farmers had little access to
marketchain information, and lacked basic farm inputs, labour and
credit. Intermediaries, who deprived farmers of their profits, ran
markets. Finally, poor infrastructure made it difficult to get farm
produce to markets. Community Parliaments have helped to change this
picture in four parts of Kenya, addressing these and other problems.
Micro-credit is one of the important services they offer. The
government, private companies, and development agencies are using CPs to
reach almost 10,000 people in the four locations and the model is
quickly spreading to other parts of the country.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (17 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPH11, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 111.