Estimation of the potential adoption of Aflasafe among smallholder maize farmers in lower eastern Kenya

George Marechera*
African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Nairobi, Kenya. E-mail: G.Marechera@aatf-africa.org

Joseph Ndwiga
African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Nairobi, Kenya. E-mail: ndwigajm@gmail.com
* Corresponding author

Abstract
Aflatoxin contamination in maize and maize products is a major problem in Kenya, especially in the lower eastern part, where crop losses and human fatalities have been reported. Using a pre-tested questionnaire, 480 households were surveyed in the area, which has been identified as a “hotspot” for the lethal Aspergillus flavus strain S. This study aimed to estimate the potential adoption of Aflasafe, a new aflatoxin control technology that is currently being field-tested in Kenya, Burkina Faso and Senegal. The study found an adoption potential of 82%, which suggests that Aflasafe is likely to command a large market in lower eastern Kenya. The main factors that significantly influenced (positively or negatively) farmers’ willingness to pay (WTP) for Aflasafe were: formal education, farmer type, household income, and county of residence in Kenya. The uptake of Aflasafe could be enhanced through extension services and short-term subsidies.

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