A list of Active agriculture and rural development programs in Kenya

Improved farming is a tool for food security, health and income. Governments, donors and NGOs commit funds to invest in rural development projects. These benefit many farmers to get higher yields and profits.

Donations and grants are for a specified goal like food security, nutrition or income. Others are social inclusion, climate-smart farming or an improved business climate.

You can benefit by taking part in such projects.  If one is running in your area, you can get the following benefits;

  • Financing; project participants receive partial or full funding to execute plans and research. You can also get goods in kinds such as new seed varieties and animal breeds or improved equipment like greenhouse and drip irrigation kits.
  • Employment; NGOs and Donors hire many food security initiative interns and staff. They designate some of those roles for locals like you. If you are qualified and lucky, you may get a very well-paying job opportunity. 
  • Training; at the heart of current projects is capacity building to focus on shifting from aid to trade. They empower market players to improve in farming, food preservation and marketing techniques.

In this post, we give you a list of the ongoing rural development and food security projects in Kenya. Where possible, we have a highlight of the projects’ intended objectives, contacts and target counties. 

Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP)

KCSAP is a Government of Kenya (GOK) and World Bank-supported project. It is executed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation (MoALF&I). Its aims are increased yields, adaptation and mitigation. It is in over 20 counties and targets sorghum, millet, cassava, dairy, poultry and aquaculture value chains. Explore its details and Visit the website.

AgriFI Kenya support to Climate Smart Agricultural Productivity Project (CS APP)

CS APP is a 5-year project running from 2019 to 2024. It is Co-funded by the European Union and GOK.  The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) is executing the program. Its main aim is to reduce the national food deficit and improve sector competitiveness. Its target value chains include white sorghum, green grams, cashew nuts, poultry, aquaculture and beekeeping etc. Visit the CS APP  website. 

The Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems (KCDMS)

KCDMS is a 5-year program running from 2017. It is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and managed by RTI International; it aims to increase production, reduce poverty and malnutrition in 12 counties. Its selected value chains are; dairy, fodder, mango, banana, avocado, pineapple, passion fruit, sweet potato and African Leafy Vegetables. 

The Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems (LMS)

LMS is a 5-year program funded by the USAID, Feed the Future program.  Implemented by ACDI/VOCA, Mercy Corps and BOMA Project. The LMS aims to strengthen people’s resilience to shocks and stresses and reduce the prevalence and depth of poverty, household hunger, and chronic undernutrition. It targets Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana, and Wajir counties.

The Feed the Future Kenya Investment Mechanism (KIM)  

KIM program is a five-year program running from August 2018 to August 2023. It is funded by the USAID and implemented by the Palladium Group. It aims to promote access to finance and mobilize capital essential for fostering development in Kenya’s agricultural market system.

Kenya Markets Assistance Programme (MAP)

MAP is an ongoing project funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and run by the Kenya markets trust (KMT) its aims is to improve how agriculture markets can work better for the poor to increase their incomes and create jobs creation. It targets Kenya’s livestock, inputs and water sectors. 

 Climate Resilient Agribusiness for Tomorrow (CRAFT)

CRAFT is a 5-year program running from June 2018 to May 2023. The initiative is financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and run by SNV. It aims to increase the availability of climate-smart foods for the growing population in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda by promoting the adoption of climate-smart sustainable production methods.

Promotion of Nutrition-Sensitive Potato Value Chains in East Africa

The 2016 to 2022 project is funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ-Kenya) as part of its One World–No Hunger Initiative. The project aims to raise the productivity of smallholder farms and improve the quality of their potatoes for higher yields and income. Its focus is in selected regions of Kenya and Uganda. The program partners include KALRO, International Potato Center (CIP) and the National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK). 

The Programme for climate-smart livestock systems (PCSL)

 PCSL program is a 5-year program running from 2018 to 2022. The GIZ-Kenya funded project is implemented by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the World Bank (WB). It focusses on developing climate-smart livestock systems like improvements in the cultivation of fodder crops, feed processing as well as manure and pasture management. 

 “Mifugo ni Mali”

The mifugo ni mali is KCB Foundation’s livestock value chain programme that targets livestock keepers in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs).  It aims to commercialize the dairy, meat, honey and fish value chains and transform them for livestock producers to get maximum returns. It runs the program in 10 counties.

 The Financial Access to SME & Rural population in Agriculture using Technology (FASRAT)

FASRAT is an agriculture and agribusiness project by the Equity Group Foundation. It aims to reach out to 60,000 farmers and 5,000 SMEs between 2019 and 2021. It will empower them on financial education, agribusiness and good agricultural practices and entrepreneurship.

Agcenture Team

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  1. July 28, 2020

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