The Big Push – A Panacea to Rural Development and Achievement of Millennium Development Goals? The Case of Millennium Villages in Kenya

This study seeks to answer the following questions. What are the channels and processes through which the MVP interventions (specifically increasing agricultural productivity) impact on MDG indicators (especially ending extreme poverty)? Is there evidence oftransition from zero or negative savings to positive savings, investment (especially in off-farm activities) and growth as hypothesized under the MVP? What are the existing localinstitutions within these processes, and do they support or impede the achievement ofthe set goals? To what extent is the MVP locally owned and what is the extent ofparticipation by the local community in planning and implementation of the MVP? How scalable is the MVP approach? How does this development approach fit into the national development plan? Is the development approach sustainable?



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