Abstract

 

Accepted 2nd January, 2019.

 

The World food Programme’s Purchase for Progress Pilot project in Kenya has been under implementation since 2009 but its welfare impacts are not well understood. In this paper, a propensity score matching method is employed to evaluate the impact of the Purchase for progress project on household farm incomes in Uasin Gishu and Narok counties in Kenya.The findings from this study indicate that the farmers’ decisions to participate in the Purchase for Progress project were significantly influenced by; gender of the household head, farm size,and price of maize, access to extension and access to credit. The results also indicate that the project participants had a higher gross margin per acre per year than the non-project participants. Additionally, the findings show that the project had a positive impact on the participant farmer’s incomes. This information can assist the policy makers in formulating policies which improve the likelihood of farmer’s participation in development based projects, whose objectives are to increase the farmer’s income, thus such policies should be enacted by the government.

 

Keywords: Purchase for Progress (P4P), World Food Programme (WFP), Propensity Score Matching (PSM), Impact assessment, Gross margin