TEMARIN issue brief – Digital solutions for agricultural value chains in Kenya: the role of private-sector actors

January 4, 2022

This issue brief is an output of the Technology, Markets and Investment for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient Development (TEMARIN) project, focused on strengthening markets for climate technologies in Kenya and Uganda. The project is funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In recent years there has been much discussion about ‘digital transformation’ in the agrifood system and its role in enabling climate resilient development. Given the lack of clear and compelling data to connect these two trends, this issue brief examines the gap between the rhetoric and reality regarding the current role and importance of digital solutions for agricultural value chains in Africa, including those that can be termed ‘climate smart’, with a focus on the role of the private-sector in the development and diffusion of these solutions. As such, this brief is focused on analyzing the market for digital technologies, used specifically in the Kenyan agricultural sector, rather than exploring the impacts (on markets and production systems) of these technologies per se. It is based on a pilot study from Kenya carried out in 2021.