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.

Impact

Over the past four decades, TechnoServe has built the capacity of hundreds of farmer associations and more than 500 small- and medium-sized enterprises in Kenya. TechnoServe is currently helping thousands of smallholder livestock and horticulture producers to boost their incomes and connect to broader markets, including over 200,000 dairy farmers, about 37,000 fruit farmers, 12,000 poultry farmers and 6,000 coffee farmers. In addition, TechnoServe is promoting sustainable mobile solutions for agriculture development and implementing three youth-focused programs to enhance the livelihoods of more than 1 million young Kenyans during the last two years.

Stories

Maasai Women Launch Successful Dairy Business

Thousands of Maasai women now have a reliable market for their milk thanks to a pioneering cooperative in Kenya.

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Nurturing New Opportunities for Fruit Farmers in East Africa

In the lush highlands of western Kenya, the farmers of Tiret Self-Help Group have planted the seeds that could hold the key to a better future.

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Brewing Good

Our Coffee Initiative is helping East African farmers to build better lives, one coffee bean at a time.

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Moving Towards Profitability

TechnoServe-assisted Nyala Dairy is targeting training programs at local women to improve farming techniques and raise incomes.

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On The Ground

Projects

 

Empowering Young Women Entrepreneurs

The Young Women in Enterprise (YWE) program seeks to empower economically disadvantaged adolescent girls and young women in Nairobi slums, both in-school and out-of-school, by facilitating their entry into safe and productive economic opportunities. The program introduces girls ages 14 to 24 to entrepreneurship concepts, financial literacy life skills and employability. In partnership with the Nike Foundation, TechnoServe has reached over 4,000 girls through YWE since 2006, 35 percent of whom have started small businesses and 25 percent of whom have been linked to wage employment. TechnoServe has also partnered with The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 initiative, which seeks to economically empower five million women by the year 2020. Through this collaboration, 300 alumnae from the YWE program have received initial start-up capital support in the form of products, branded merchandise, training and mentoring from Coca-Cola.

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Technical Assistance Facility

TechnoServe serves as the manager of the Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), which supports the African Agriculture Fund, a private equity fund, to address food security challenges across Africa. TAF provides technical assistance to small and growing businesses (SGBs) invested in by the African Agriculture Fund, and improves linkages between enterprises and smallholder outgrowers.
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Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise

TechnoServe is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation to help rural young women and men in East Africa transition to economic independence. The Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) program delivers a comprehensive package of services including skills training, business development and mentoring to young people ages 18 to 30 in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.
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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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East Africa Dairy Development

The East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) program is designed to boost the milk yields and incomes of small-scale farmers so they can lift their families and communities out of poverty. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in partnership with Heifer International, the second phase of EADD aims to help 136,000 smallholder farming families in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania sustainably improve their livelihoods by 2018, while stimulating income growth for an additional 400,000 secondary beneficiaries.
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Youth-Led Development

Yes Youth Can! (YYC!) is a program that seeks to empower youth in Kenya to promote their own development and become responsible citizens for peace and prosperity. To achieve this goal, YYC! works to build the capacity of youth, youth groups and youth-serving organizations to engage with each other, with business markets, government and communities. YYC! seeks to establish a national and county-level network to improve youth leadership as well as a think tank to inform youth-led advocacy agendas for policy engagement.

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Kenya Coffee Initiative

Working in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation since 2007, the Coffee Initiative aims to increase coffee incomes by 64 percent for 6,000 smallholder Kenyan farmers. The country’s climate, geography and soil conditions help it to produce some of the world's best coffee. But sub-optimal farming and processing practices limit the quality and quantity of coffee that smallholders produce, and poor market links limit their ability to sell it. We are working with smallholder coffee farmers to improve their cultivation, milling and marketing practices in order to increase the quality and quantity of their coffee and command higher prices. These interventions will help thousands of farmers to double their incomes over the next few years. TechnoServe recognizes the important role played by women in coffee production and actively encourages their women. Women account for 31 percent of our farmer trainers and female attendance at the farm college averages 42 percent.

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Agribusiness Development Program

The Agribusiness Development Program (ADP) offers business support services to more than 14,400 small-scale dairy farmers, organizes farmers into dairy business hubs, and builds the capacity of business managers and employees. Notably, the program helped establish the first dairy plant in Kenya owned almost entirely by women from the Maasai community; situated in Kajiado County, the Maasai Women’s Dairy Co-operative aims to improve the livelihoods of over 10,000 pastoralist women and their households by increasing dairy milk production, consumption and market access. Farmers are also trained on natural resource management best practices including using renewable energy sources, tree planting and water harvesting.

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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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Bridging the Digital Divide

The Connected Farmer Alliance 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. The three-year program, which launched in 2012, will explore the design and implementation of mobile phone- and internet-based business support applications.

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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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Blog Posts

September 11, 2014

Photo of the Week: Frontiers in Development

We're honored to be featured as a top 5 winner in USAID's Frontiers in Development photo contest for photographer Kevin Ouma's striking image of a Maasai woman preparing to milk her cows in the pre-dawn chill.

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August 27, 2014

Scaling Up Coffee Sustainability in East Africa

TechnoServe and Nespresso are expanding their partnership to support coffee farming families in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

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March 14, 2014

Video: Fruits of Rural Empowerment

Meet Mama Njeri, a natural leader who is inspiring and mentoring fellow mango farmers 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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