This working paper presents the results of a study commissioned by the International Centre for
Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) under the Grass2Cash project whose primary objective was to understand
the underlying reasons why farmers adopt ten improved forage varieties in the four Western Kenya
counties of Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia and Siaya. A gendered perspective to the motivations and
challenges of adoption, and a review of the project assumptions were secondary objectives. A total of
61 adoptee farmers were purposively sampled from a CIAT database of farmers given the improved
forages, 19 non-adoptees selected through snowball sampling, and 10 stakeholders (CIAT/SAC staff,
government officers, and peer farmers) were interviewed face to face and through telephone
between June and August 2020.

Oulu, Martin.

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