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Small-Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP)

$24 million to increase agricultural productivity and market access and trade opportunities for traditional high value crops and small livestock.
Photo: Curt Carnemark


Agriculture is fundamental to Kenya’s overall economic growth. About 80% of the population lives in rural areas, and derives their livelihood largely from agriculture. Smallholder agriculture dominates the sector contributing 75% of the crops and livestock production. Farmers typically do not have access to agricultural inputs like high-quality seeds and have limited access to improved technology and markets.  Kenya’s agriculture is largely rain-fed and often the quantity and reliability of rainfall has not been adequate to sustain crop production, leading to pervasive food insecurity in the country – it is estimated that about half of the population lack year-round access to adequate food and an estimated one in every four children suffers from stunted growth from chronic undernutrition.


SIVAP increases incomes, food security, and nutrition along the agricultural value chain by raising agricultural productivity and improving agricultural market access for poor and marginalized communities in 11 counties in arid and semi-arid regions. The project intends to increase the productivity of traditional high-value crops and small livestock by constructing nine new irrigation schemes and rehabilitating three existing schemes. The project also supports post-harvest processing and value addition by promoting agro-processing businesses and improved storage, access to finance and credit through local farmers’ organizations, establishment of youth groups and registered women’s groups, construction of rural roads and market outlets, and strengthening of market linkages between farmers, processors, rural and urban consumers, and export markets.

Project Status



  • Kenya



Focus area

  • Inclusive Business

Supervising entity

  • AfDB
  • FAO


As of December 2020, the project has benefitted 215,150 people, of whom 124,787 are women. To achieve this, SIVAP has provided 1,631 hectares with new irrigation and drainage services, 275 hectares (against an end-of-project target of 957) with improved/rehabilitated services, and 43,030 water users (against the 119,652 end-of-project target) with new or improved/rehabilitated services; constructed or rehabilitated 175 kilometers of roads; installed six private or public-private agro-processing and quality control facilities; brought 80,500 metric tons of livestock farm produce under improved post-harvest management; and provided 54 client days of training on better post-harvest storage, transportation, and management practices, against an end-of-project target of 80. As a result of these project activities, 16,150 metric tons of crop farm produce are under improved post-harvest management.


Onesmus Maina

For Technical Assistance:
Elizabeth Kamau