EGF is working with medium-sized farmers with a goal to increase their on-farm profits and investment by increasing production, improving linkages to markets, building the farmer’s management capacity, reducing farming costs and reducing farming risks. The project works with farmers across various regions in Kenya i.e Rift Valley Region, (Uasin-Gishu, Trans-Nzoia and Nandi counties), Central Region (Nakuru, Muranga, Kiambu, Nyeri) and Eastern Region (Embu, Machakos, Meru) and involves 2,000 farmers with acreage between three and 100 acres.
The Equity Group Foundation’s Agriculture Pillar has been implementing a three-year agriculture development project called ‘Unlocking Agricultural Potential through Medium Sized Farms’ that seeks to strengthen 2,000 medium-sized farms in Kenya. The project is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nairobi and Equity Bank. The project’s goal is to increase on-farm profits for 2,000 medium-size farms in Eastern, Central and Rift Valley by 70% for at least 80% of project beneficiaries and to have at least 50% of farmers re-invest some portion of their profits into capital investment initiatives. The project works with medium size farms between 10 and 100 acres in select food crops in the Rift Valley, Central and Eastern regions in Kenya.
The project’s objectives are to:
- Increase production and yield through quality input usage, soil health management and good agricultural practices.
- Enhance access to market along the value chains and establish linkages to various quality markets.
- Reduce farming costs through more efficient farm operation practices and improved technologies.
- Reduce risks through crop diversification, policy advocacy, insurance and irrigation.
- Improve agribusiness management skills by offering training and use of management
systems and business decision making tools.
The project is delivered through an innovative Agriculture Growth Accelerator model that seeks to rapidly commercialize farms into growing, professional and sustainable agribusinesses. The Growth Accelerator offers training, linkages and tools through three core programme areas:
- Increasing Sustainable Production works to improve soil health, enhance use of quality inputs, demonstrate good production practices and implement effective water management technologies and practices.
- Improving Market Access & Post-Harvest Management works to implement post harvest handling technologies and practices, connect farmers to cost-effective transport and link them to quality buyers.
- Enhancing Agribusiness Capacity works to strengthen business development efforts, increase financial and operational record keeping, implement good marketing practices and develop human resource capacity.