1.3: Pathways Approach case study: Maize innovation in Kenya

Essential reading

Brooks, S., Thompson, J., Odame, H., Kibaara, B., Nderitu, S., Karin, F. and Millstone, E. (2009) Environmental Change and Maize Innovation in Kenya: Exploring Pathways In and Out of Maize, STEPS Working Paper 36, Brighton: STEPS Centre (OA)

Questions to guide reading
  1. How was the Pathways Approach used to challenge the dominant view that ‘maize security’ was equal to ‘food security’ in Kenya?
  2. What two axes were used to establish a typology of ‘pathways in and out of maize’?
  3. What alternative, non-maize pathways were opened up through this analysis and what challenges and opportunities did they pose for agricultural development in risk-prone, dryland areas?

Lecture: Maize innovation in Kenya

Dr John Thompson (Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies) explains how the Pathways Approach was used in a research project in Kenya, about potential futures for maize farmers in the context of climate change and other pressures.


Additional reading

For additional readings, see the bibliography in the essential reading (Environmental Change and Maize Innovation in Kenya: Exploring Pathways In and Out of Maize).

Assessment activity

Use the empirical examples you have been introduced to in this part of the module to illustrate your answers to the assessment activities suggested under Part 1: What is the Pathways Approach?

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