Kenya

Overview

Kenya’s economy, the largest in East Africa, has witnessed a period of recent stability, with increased credit access to the private sector, investment in infrastructure, and growth in key sectors such as tourism, renewable energy, and information and communication technology (ICT). 

At the same time, unemployment and poverty rates remain high, with 35 percent of Kenyans living on less than a dollar per day, and food insecurity looms large due to poor farming methods and vulnerability to drought. TechnoServe, which has operated in Kenya since 1973, is well-positioned to address these challenges and contribute to the realization of the country’s aspirations through market-led approaches. Currently, TechnoServe is focusing on livestock, coffee, horticulture, food processing and entrepreneurship development, with an emphasis on engaging youth and women.

On The Ground

Projects

 

Coffee Initiative

The Coffee Initiative worked with local farmers in East Africa to improve agronomy and business practices, establish new coffee cooperatives and strengthen existing ones, and help cooperatives create business plans and access financing for wet mills.
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Partners in Food Solutions-TechnoServe Alliance

The Partners in Food Solutions (PFS)-TechnoServe Alliance matches the expertise of leading global food companies with the needs of African-based food processing companies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.
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Project Nurture

A partnership with The Coca-Cola Company and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Project Nurture aims to help more than 50,000 small-scale mango and passion fruit farmers in Kenya and Uganda double their fruit incomes. TechnoServe and its partners are working with farmers to identify new market opportunities, improve productivity and develop strong farmer business groups.

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Kenya, Uganda
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Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise

TechnoServe is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation to help rural young people ages 18 to 30 in East Africa transition to economic independence.
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Technical Assistance Facility

Access to finance is an obstacle to entrepreneurship, particularly in the agricultural sector in Africa. The African Agriculture Fund (AAF), a private equity fund, was created to help increase investment in agriculture and agribusiness in the region with the ultimate objective of increasing food security. TechnoServe serves as the implementing agency of the Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), which provides technical assistance to the portfolio companies invested in by the AAF. The TAF is funded primarily by the European Union and managed by IFAD. As of 2016 the TAF has funded 32 projects with 10 portfolio companies across Africa and supported five SMEs with their growth strategies. TAF has committed €3.6m and has €3.4m remaining for projects in the pipeline.
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Connected Farmer Alliance

The Connected Farmer Alliance (CFA) is a public-private partnership that seeks to promote commercially sustainable mobile agriculture solutions and increase productivity and revenues for 500,000 smallholder farmers across Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. The program also aims to increase revenues for agribusinesses and agricultural value chain service providers.
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Improving Market Conditions for Potatoes and Tomatoes in Kenya

Demand for potatoes has increased in Kenya, where it can be a substitute for staple grains like maize, which experience high price fluctuation. Similarly, tomatoes are also becoming an important vegetable in the Kenyan diet. However, the supply of both vegetables is hampered by low productivity and weak market structure. TechnoServe, in partnership with Syngenta, is working to increase productivity and improve the market for these crops by providing quality crop inputs, improving access to finance, and enhancing the capacity of market service centers for farmers. The project aims to reach 15,000 smallholder potato and tomato farmers in Kenya from March 2016 to February of 2017.

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Syngenta

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Kenya
 

Reducing Losses in the Mango Value Chain

Post-harvest losses in the value chain reduce incomes for mango farmers in Kenya. TechnoServe in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation launched the YieldWise pilot in July of 2015 to address key areas where post-harvest losses can be reduced, increasing incomes for farmers and the sustainability of the mango value chain in the Kenyan market. TechnoServe is working to test various technologies to improve the storage of the fruit and as of the end of 2015, a total of over 4,000 farmers had been trained in loss reduction methods. Additionally, TechnoServe is providing training to farmers and farmer business organizations on post-harvest loss prevention techniques. The program also hopes to increase market demand for the fruit by linking farmers to new potential buyers and appropriate value chain actors to financing.

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Kenya
 

Developing Smallholder Poultry Agribusiness

The Smallholder Poultry Agribusiness Development (SPADE) initiative aims to sustainably improve the livelihoods of 12,000 smallholder poultry producers of indigenous chicken. Operating in Western and Nyanza provinces, SPADE comprises three primary activities: sustainably improving smallholder farmer poultry production; expanding access to financial services for smallholder poultry farmers; and improving poultry market access for smallholder poultry farmers.

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Kenya

Blog Posts

April 22, 2016

Improving Efficiency in the Food System in Kenya

Reducing food loss can help to increase the amount of food that reaches market, helping to make the food system more sustainable. TechnoServe is working with The Rockefeller Foundation in Kenya to optimize the reduction of loss in the mango value chain.

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April 15, 2016

How the World’s Largest Companies Can Help Africa’s Farmers

TechnoServe's Dickson Mbando offers insight into win-win scenarios that benefit both farmers and the private sector.

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November 17, 2015

Three Keys to Engaging Women Farmers

TechnoServe's William Odhiambo reflects on lessons learned from the SPADE project about empowering women in rural Kenya.

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Contact

TechnoServe Kenya

Kalson Towers, 8th Floor
The Crescent, Westlands
P.O. Box 14821-00800
Nairobi, Kenya

Tel: +254 20 3754333
Fax: +254 20 3751028

John Logan

Country Director
ke-info@tns.org

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