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.
The Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project (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 expects to benefit 20,000 poor people, of which about 20 percent are expected to be women. The project intends to increase the productivity of traditional high-value crops as well as that of small livestock through the construction of nine new irrigation schemes and the rehabilitation of three existing schemes. It supports postharvest processing
and value addition through the promotion of agro-processing businesses and improved storage, access to finance and credit through local farmers’ organizations, the establishment of youth groups and registered women’s groups, the construction of rural roads
and market outlets, and the strengthening of market linkages between farmers, processors, rural and urban consumers, and export markets.
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Supervising entityAfDB FAO
The project has reached 4,590 poor people of which about 58 percent are women. Five irrigation schemes (Makanyanga, Rubiru, Kaboson, Ruungu, and Kirumi Kiamunjari) covering 1190 hectares and 5,040 beneficiaries are currently under various stages of
construction. Other project activities have been delayed due to decentralization reform that took place after the project was approved, which has affected the implementation arrangements. The project is in the process of adjustment to improve its implementation progress.
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