Kenya

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
46.1
Million
Number of people living in Kenya (World Bank, 2015)
Poverty
58.5
Percent*
Percentage of people living in poverty in the Feed the Future northern target areas in 2015
Stunting
20.9
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in the Feed the Future high rainfall and semi arid target areas in 2015
Rural
74
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Kenya (World Bank, 2015)
GDP
5.6
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 32.9% of added value (World Bank, 2015)
Farmers
1.1
Million
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY15
Sales
$97
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY15 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
3.05
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY15 across Kenya
Land
83.5
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY15
Investment
$13
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY15
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).

However, agricultural productivity has been stagnating in recent years, despite continuous population growth. This poses critical challenges to food security in the country as two to four million people receive food aid annually. Moreover, only about 20 percent of Kenyan land is suitable for farming, and maximum yields

Results by the Numbers

  • More than 1.1 million 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 83.5 thousand 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

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

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Kenya.

  • Africa Agriculture Technology Foundation

  • Agile Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI)

  • African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD)

  • APHIA Plus Rift Valley, Nyanza/Western and Northern Arid Lands

  • Asset Based Financing for Smallholder Farmers

  • Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD)

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