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Credit Between CulturesFarmers, Financiers, and Misunderstanding in Africa$
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Parker Shipton

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300116038

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300116038.001.0001

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Plans and Dreams

Plans and Dreams

An Integrated Approach on Paper

(p.55) Chapter 4 Plans and Dreams
Credit Between Cultures

Parker Shipton

Yale University Press

This chapter examines Kenya's Integrated Agricultural Development Project (IADP), one of the most ambitious rural credit programs ever started in the country. By the mid-1970s, when the IADP was put into effect, Kenya was the favorite country of international lenders and donors in eastern and central Africa. Agriculture was the favorite “sector” for public investment and assistance in rural Kenya, and “smallholders” were the preferred “target group” within agriculture. Over several years of planning, the IADP and the two main projects within it, the Integrated Agricultural Development Project (also called the IADP) and the Smallholder Production Services and Credit Project, emerged as the main thrust of Kenya's campaign for directed small-farm development. The chapter reveals that the IADP plans noted the important role of women in Kenyan farming and directed that they be “adequately represented” as recipients of training and extension.

Keywords:   IADP, credit programs, public investment, rural Kenya, small-farm development

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