A cost-benefit analysis of farmer-based seed production for common bean in Kenya


Community-based informal seed production has recently gained popularity as an alternative to formal seed sectors for disseminating new crop varieties, including for common bean. This is because farmer-produced seed is readily available and is more affordable for most farmers than certified seed. This study examined the profitability of farmer-based common bean seed production in Kenya. The study used data collected from farmers and one seed company participating in seed multiplication. The principal finding was that farmer-based common bean seed production was a profitable enterprise and was less sensitive to price fluctuations. Compared to certified common bean seed production, net profit margins were five times higher for certified common bean seed than for farmer-based common bean seed production. With the current varieties, profitability depends on access to irrigation and good agronomy.

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Publication: African Crop Science Journal, Volume 19, Issue 4
Number of pages: 12
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