RISE Kenya - Priorities for extension and training to improve the sustainability of smallholder production in Laikipia area (Mount Kenya region)

In this project the agricultural production of smallholder farmers shall be optimized. Thereto RISE is used for identification of sustainability deficits, monitoring of the success of the measures and for communication with farmers.

Fiche signalétique

  • Département HESB|Haute école des sciences agronomiques,forestières et alimentaires
  • Pôle de recherche Forêt multifonctionnelle
  • Champ de recherche Forêt et société
  • Durée 01.11.2006 - 28.02.2010
  • Responsable du projet Jan Grenz
  • Direction du projet Jan Grenz
  • Équipe du projet Christian Thalmann
  • Partenaires - établissements de recherche, y c. BFH CETRAD, Kenya
  • Mots-clés Holistic sustainability evaluation, Agriculture, Monitoring, Ecology, Economy, Social

Contexte initial

In a collaborative project between SHL, CETRAD and Syngenta, key sustainability deficits in agricultural production of smallholders in the Laikipia area have been identified through RISE assessments. Major bottlenecks were detected in the areas of water productivity, manure and soil fertility management, pesticide use and handling, economic performance, and social security. This identification of priority domains for agricultural extension allowed the development of specific


The main project goal is to strengthen the local capacity in assessing and improving sustainability of agricultural production for the benefit of the people and the environment.

Compétences clés

Holistic sustainability assessment at farm level


Analyse von 30 Kleinbauernbetrieben mit RISE. Identifikation von „Entry Points“ für die landwirtschaftliche Beratung, Entwicklung von Trainingsmodulen für landw. Beratung. Erfolgskontrolle und Bedürfnisabklärung der Bauern und Beratung zum weiteren Vorgehen.


Periodisches Monitoring und Beratung der Syngenta Foundation for sustainable agriculture geplant. Weitere studentische Arbeiten zur Optimierung des Produktionssystems und der landw. Beratung geplant.