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)
APHIA Plus Rift Valley, Nyanza/Western and Northern Arid Lands
Asset Based Financing for Smallholder Farmers
Accelerated Value Chain Development (AVCD)