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Sustainable Energy for Smallholder Farmers (SEFFA) in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda Baseline Study and Market Assessment
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January 2022
This report presents the findings of the Baseline Study and Market Assessment study commissioned by the Sustainable Energy for Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda (SEFFA) project. The study aimed to inform the design of SEFFA by i) conducting a baseline survey of horticultural and dairy producers to provide a diagnostic of current production systems and energy needs, develop “Smallholder Data Portraits”, and lay the foundation for measuring and tracking improvements in impact to which the project expects to contribute, ii) conducting a market assessment of PUE technology demand and supply in the target countries, iii) developing business cases for each country, iv) establishing key indicators to measure project performance. The technological focus has been on irrigation, cooling, and drying technologies. A preliminary assessment was conducted to prioritize geographic locations, beyond the regions (Amhara, SNNP, Oromia, and Sidama in Ethiopia; Eastern, Rift Valley and Central Regions in Kenya; Central, Eastern, SouthWestern Regions in Uganda). The primary shortlisting of locations, in all three countries, was mainly based on indicators relating to the horticulture and dairy sectors. The approach to the final selection, however, depended on the level of maturity of the PUE sector in a given country, with Ethiopia representing a nascent market, Uganda – a market with some experience of PUE technology application, and Kenya – with the most advanced market of the target countries. The research tools for this assignment have included a baseline survey of 570 horticultural and dairy producers in each country (conducted remotely in Kenya and Uganda and face-to-face in Ethiopia), key informant interviews with PUE companies, enabling environment stakeholders, processors, etc., focus group discussions with smallholder farmers, and validation workshops (conducted in person in Ethiopia and virtually in Kenya and Uganda).