This research shows that initial costs are a barrier to entry for
exporters and hence farmers, and are a barrier to expansion for those
firms already sourcing EurepGAP-certified product from smallholders in
Kenya. It is difficult to see how in Kenya or in other countries, these
high costs will be surmounted other than through persistent donor
intervention. Investment in reducing the costs of infrastructure,
especially irrigation, is justified by the argument that the control
points for EurepGAP compliance for smallholders need to be made less
costly. Donors have a key role to play in making this happen and
championing the role of smallholders in export supply chains and in the
standard setting process.
This publication was based on Fresh Insights No. 6. Impact of EurepGAP
on small-scale vegetable growers in Kenya
International Institute for Environment and Development/ Natural Resources Institute, London, UK, 2 pp.
Fresh Perspectives Issue 2. Impact of EurepGAP on small-scale vegetable growers in Kenya