In 2016, I worked with a former student of mine, now a member of senior management, on a pilot study on systems modeling for agricultural market transformation in Kenya. During this pilot study, we ran a series of system dynamics group model building workshops and developed conceptual simulation models for the seed and dairy sector.
These models allow Kenya Markets Trust to understand the main processes driving seed and dairy sector development over time and to evaluate the system-wide impacts of proposed market transformation interventions in the seed and dairy sector.
The simulation models developed during this pilot study can be of use to KMT in two main ways:
- They help explaining important issues and problems in the two pilot sectors.
- They provide a narrative for KMT on why some interventions are more effective than others to facilitate market transformation.