The agriculture sector in developing countries is increasingly becoming knowledge intensive as new information is generated and modern technology continues to be developed and used in agricultural activities. It therefore becomes important to enhance access to reliable, timely and relevant information delivered through media that is preferred by the farmers. This calls for an understanding of the farmers’ agricultural information needs and preferred sources to guide agricultural extension and implementation of other agricultural programs. Kenya’s Medium Term Plan II has identified agricultural extension as a critical driver of growth and productivity in the agricultural sector.
Agricultural Extension via Radio in Northern Kenya is a one year project being implemented in five northern Kenya counties by Kilimo Media International (KiMI) in collaboration with the departments of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (DALF) and supported by Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture. The project aims to increase agricultural productivity in the region by enhancing access to agricultural information through extension services provided through radio to farmers in Marsabit, Garissa, West Pokot, Samburu and Isiolo counties. It will also cause them to seek out agricultural stakeholders for their much needed services and inputs. In order to establish the current status of the target group, develop an entry strategy to the communities and identify the project indicators, KiMI undertook a baseline survey in three of the five counties: Marsabit, Samburu and West Pokot.

Baseline Survey 2016