The AfCAP project on the Evaluation of cost-beneficial improvements of First Mile access is concerned with research into measures for improvement of ‘First Mile’ access and the transport services associated with transferring harvest produce on the initial stages of movement from the farm to established road access. Following the completion of Phase 3, a Cost Benefit Analysis has been undertaken on one of the trial sites in Tanzania, located in the pineapple growing area of Madeke. This analysis was based on the principle that motorable roads could be brought closer to farms, in order to reduce the most expensive aspect of transport on the First Mile roads, and exploiting the cheaper and more efficient transportation by trucks. These results were presented at a regional stakeholder workshop in Arusha, Tanzania in November 2018, at which the key stakeholders from Kenya and Tanzania were present. The main theme of the workshop was to present the Cost Benefit Analysis, and to discuss the recommendations and how they could be practically implemented, as well as identifying how the results of the research could be disseminated at all levels. Consensus was found on all of these issues, and is contained in the details of this report.
This work is part of the Applied Research on Rural Roads and Transport Services through Community Access Programmes in Africa and Asia (AFCAP2 and AsCAP)
Workman, R. et al, TRL & IFRTD (2018). Evaluation of the cost-beneficial improvement of first mile access on small-scale farming and agricultural marketing, Final Report. London: ReCAP for DFID.
Published 31 December 2018