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Feed the Future works in 17 counties in Kenya that encompass nine Western Region Counties (high-rainfall zone), three Eastern Region Counties (semi-arid zone) and five Northern Kenya Counties (arid and semi-arid zone).

Feed The Future Impact

  • 40%
    Estimated reduction in the prevalence of stunting in children under 5 years old in areas where Feed the Future has worked between 2008 and 2015

Value Chains

  • Horticulture
  • Livestock
  • Dairy
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  • 23.2 Million

    Population of Kenya (World Bank, 2018)

  • 5.4 Percent

    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 34.2 percent of added value (World Bank, 2019)

  • 73 Percent

    Percentage of population living in rural Kenya (World Bank, 2018)

  • 58.5 Percent

    Percentage of people living in poverty in the Feed the Future northern target areas (Feed the Future Population-Based Survey, 2015)

Our Strategy

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Improve agricultural market systems and livelihoods

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Expand and diversify agricultural production and productivity

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Increase access to financing and investment capital

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Improve the capacity of the government and private sector to facilitate agriculture-led growth

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Increase resilience to climatic and economic shocks and stressors

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Improve the nutrition of women and children

Our Progress

  • 131,000

    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY19

  • 1.3M

    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY19

  • $243.2M

    Annual agricultural sales generated by Kenyan farms and firms reached by Feed the Future in FY19

  • $113M

    New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY19

Our Work

Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy and central to the Government of Kenya’s development strategy, as well as its Ending Drought Emergencies initiative in the country’s chronically vulnerable arid and semi-arid lands. While stagnating agricultural productivity and continuous population growth pose critical challenges to food security in Kenya, there is also great opportunity for improvement. Kenya has some of the largest dairy herds in eastern and southern Africa and is one of the largest African exporters of fresh produce to Europe. Feed the Future will continue to strengthen resilience and expand economic opportunities through disaster risk reduction, diversification into higher-value commodities, promoting non-farm enterprises and strengthening livestock, dairy and other vital sectors. In addition, Feed the Future continues to employ a market-led approach to improve family nutrition, with an emphasis on women and children.

Combating Drought

In 2019, Feed the Future developed a drought-tolerant seed system in three counties in the southeastern region of Kenya. As a result, local communities and markets have strengthened their resilience to droughts and unpredictable weather, bringing in greater yields and food security. As a result, communities throughout the three counties were able to:

  • Develop 31 seed banks for the introduction and storage of various staple crop varieties;
  • Reduce the hunger season from six to three months;
  • Increase the availability of certified potato seed to producers

Private Sector Partnerships

Feed the Future also collaborated with public and private sector partners to strengthen the ability of Kenya’s county governments to plan and support dairy sector growth. Feed the Future’s efforts helped to develop the last-mile delivery of artificial insemination services in targeted dairy regions.

One notable achievement was the development of an information and communications technology (ICT) platform for improved efficiency of artificial insemination services bundled with cattle vaccine service delivery to combat the East Coast Fever. The platform also helped dairy farmers and producers access an e-voucher incentive system and SMS-extension service from the private sector. In 2019, this communication platform ensured:

  • Over 1,400 dairy animals were reached with breed improvement and quality feeding interventions;
  • Nearly 80 percent of the animals received animal health services;
  • 207 personnel from 10 counties were trained on the management of the ICT platform

Dairy and Livestock

Feed the Future’s efforts contributed to the rapid expansion of the production and marketing of cattle fodder, which provided a key input for growing the livestock sector and for counties that did not historically produce dairy to enter the market. In collaboration with Feed the Future partners, smallholder farmers are adopting a variety of improved forages, such as the Brachiaria grass variety, a more nutritious and drought-resistant grass, and increasing commercial fodder production.

In 2019, Feed the Future helped farmers produce fodder on over 6,300 hectares and earn $1.2 million in annual sales and worked with nearly 700 youth to find jobs in commercial fodder production. Similarly, in northern Kenya, fodder production is expanding, with nearly 700 metric tons of fodder worth over $260,000 sold in 2019.

Livestock marketing associations play a key role in running the livestock markets in the counties where Feed the Future works. In 2019, Feed the Future helped to strengthen the county-level ability of these associations to run livestock markets efficiently and equitably, generate revenues, be sustainable and serve low-income households. Livestock marketing associations also directly engaged the county governments, resulting in new policies that stipulated revenue-sharing between the associations and the county government, ensuring a favorable environment for private sector businesses.

Source

These results reflect data from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. African Development Foundation that was reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year 2019 (FY19). Impact data for stunting statistics are derived from the 2015 Feed the Future Interim Population-Based Survey for the High Rainfall and Semi-Arid Areas. For more information on the indicators above, please view our Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.

Our Activities

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

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  • Accelerated Value Chain Development
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Sorghum
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Processing and Post-Harvest Handling
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
  • Increasing Smallholder Farmer Productivity and Profitability
  • Integrated Agricultural Research for Development
  • Kenya Agriculture Regulatory Capacity Building
  • Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Development
  • Kenya Investment Mechanism
  • Kenya Resilient Arid Lands Partnership for Integrated Development
  • Livestock Market Systems, Expanding and Diversifying Viable Economic Opportunities in Kenya
  • Livestock Market Systems, Strengthening Community Capacities for Resilience and Growth
  • Livestock Market Systems, Resilience Learning Activity
  • Livestock Market Systems, USAID Kuza
  • National Drought Management Authority
  • Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa
  • Policy Leadership, Interactions, Networks, and Knowledge
  • Supporting Seed Systems for Development
  • USDA Resilience Measurement of Market Systems in Kenya
  • USDA Learning, Analytics and Knowledge Management Support in Kenya and East Africa Region

Related Resources

September 26, 2018

Feed the Future Country Plan for Kenya

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April 10, 2017

Kenya Feed the Future Baseline Report

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April 10, 2017

Feed the Future Kenya Zone of Influence Interim Assessment Report

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November 30, 2011

Kenya Feed the Future FY2010 Implementation Plan

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