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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.


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. 

Project Status



  • Kenya



Focus area

  • Inclusive Business

Supervising entity

  • AfDB
  • FAO


As of December 2019, the project has benefitted 176,910 people, of whom 43 percent are women. SIVAP has provided 35,382 people with new or improved/ rehabilitated irrigation and drainage services; constructed 150 kilometers of roads (300 kilometer end-of-project target); trained 2,400 farmers in integrated crop management, clean seed production, livestock production, and irrigation agronomy. As a result of project activities, 13,000 MT of crop farm produce are under improved post-harvest management.


Onesmus Maina

For Technical Assistance:
Elizabeth Kamau