6.2: Methods case study: Pathways in and out of Maize

In this section, we'll explore the methodology used in a real-life research study. The project on 'Environmental change and maize innovations in Kenya' used a number of methods, including Multi-Criteria Mapping (MCM), to explore the views of Kenyan farmers and other stakeholders about possible futures.

Essential reading

Thompson, J., Brooks, S., Odame, H., Millstone, E., Nderitu, S., Karin, F., Morgan, M. and Adwera, A. (2010) MCM (Multi-Criteria Mapping) Maize Project Method, Project briefing, Brighton: STEPS Centre

Questions to guide reading

  1. What were the key quantitative and qualitative methods used in the two main phases of research and how were they linked together in the study?
  2. How was multicriteria mapping used to analyse the pathways in and out of maize and what points of convergence and divergence did it reveal between the assessments of the key informants?
  3. How was the video material used in the national stakeholder seminar and what implications did it raise for integrating formal and informal maize innovation systems?

Lecture: Methods case study: Maize innovation in Kenya

In this lecture, Dr John Thompson shows how the project used methods to open up a conversation about different pathways for maize farmers in Kenya.

Additional materials

Video: Pathways in and out of Maize

This video looks in detail at the maize project and the issues it uncovered. It was shown at a national-level workshop towards the end of the project, with the aim of informing future decision-making.

Video: Seeds and sustainability

This short film focuses on the role of formal and informal seed systems in maize production in Kenya, through the voices of a farmer, a scientist, a regulator and a seed policy analyst.

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