Kenya has the largest, most diversified economy in East Africa. Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy and central to the Government of Kenya’s development strategy. More than 75 percent of Kenyans make some part of their living in agriculture, and the sector accounts for more than a fourth of Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP).
While agricultural productivity is stagnating, Kenya’s population is growing. This poses critical challenges to food security in the country as two million to four million people receive food aid annually. Only about 20 percent of Kenyan land is suitable for farming, and maximum yields have not been reached in these areas, leaving
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Agriculture is central to the Government of Kenya’s development strategy and Kenya’s economy. In 2010, Kenya signed a Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program compact to prioritize agricultural development. The Government of Kenya has also established a National Food and Nutrition Security Policy to provide an overarching framework to address poverty, hunger and undernutrition.
In 2013, the Government of Kenya’s constitution called for devolution of governing authorities to a county-based system. Since implementation, Feed the Future has continued to work closely with its national government counterparts while also building strong relationships with county governors.
Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Kenya.