Kenya

Feed the Future Country Fact Sheet

Country Profile
Kenya
In Kenya, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Kenya and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
39.8
million
Number of people living in Kenya (World Bank, 2009)
Poverty
45.9
Percent
Percentage of population living below the national poverty line (World Bank, 2005)
Stunting
35.2
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting (World Bank, 2009)
Rural
75
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Kenya (World Bank, 2013)
GDP
4.6
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 30% of added value (World Bank, 2012)
Farmers
927
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY14
Sales
$14
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY14 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
2.6
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY14 across Kenya
Land
34.5
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY14
Investment
$23
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY14
Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya's economy and central to its development strategy

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

Results by the numbers

  • More than 927,000 farmers and other producers used new technologies and management practices for the first time last year with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 34,500 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales last year by more than $14 million.
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $23

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.

Browse the resources below for more information on U.S. Government support of food security and nutrition in Kenya.

USAID Food for Peace Fact Sheet

USAID Mission in Kenya

U.S. Embassy in Kenya

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Target Regions

Map of Feed the Future target regions in Kenya

Funding

Funding Graph for Kenya