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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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Untying a Package Deal

Untying a Package Deal

Borrowing Green Revolution Technology

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(p.80) Chapter 6 Untying a Package Deal
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Credit Between Cultures
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Parker Shipton

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300116038.003.0006

Most internationally financed credit reaching Kenyan farmers came to them not as money but as a mix of wanted and unwanted materials, accompanied by wanted and unwanted advice. This chapter looks into the nature of that mix to understand a hinge between the financial and material worlds. It reveals that financiers, agronomists, and farmers all used trial and error in their different ways to assess the usefulness of new inputs for what they variously understood to mean development. The perennially imperfect communications involved lessons about the interstices between official theory and unofficial practice. The chapter discusses how many of the recommendations from Nairobi and the government research centers never reached the frontline extension agents, as well as how hybrid maize seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides were used in western Kenya region.

Keywords:   credit, Kenyan farmers, financiers, agronomists, research centers, fertilizers

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