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Agriculture and Natural Resource Management
The Asset Based Financing for Smallholder Farmers Project is helping 110,000 smallholder farmers in Western and Nyanza provinces of Kenya double their farm income per acre. More than 70% of Kenyans depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
The Building Climate Change Resilience and Food Security Program is improving the productivity of smallholder farmers by promoting good farming practices and adoption of new technologies. The program identifies keen, hard-working farmers at the village level and develops them into “Agro-Entrepreneurs” called Village-Based Advisors who provide inputs, services and advice on good farming practices to their community. These micro-businesses offer the double benefit of creating rural employment opportunities and building a sustainable system for delivering agricultural technologies. The program is part of the U.S. Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, also known as “Feed the Future”, which seeks to create conditions where food assistance is no longer necessary.
Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises is a USAID and Government of Kenya partnership designed to expand and deliver innovative financial services to small businesses and entrepreneurs, including lending for projects in agriculture, renewable and clean energy, information and communication technology, gender and youth, and policy reform. The project offers training, research and analysis, and consulting to the financial services industry in Kenya to develop and deliver products and services aimed at people who are not traditionally served by the financial system.
The Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises Project is the flagship Feed the Future Initiative project in Kenya. The project will promote value chain growth and diversification, increase the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers and other actors along the value chain working in the dairy, maize and other staples and horticulture sectors. The project will work with more than 30 Kenyan government and private sector organizations. The project develops smallholder enterprises that combine maize, high value horticultural crops, and dairy farming to generate wealth, thereby enhancing food security, improving nutrition, and increasing economic opportunities for women, youth and other vulnerable populations. Engagement with the private sector in a meaningful, comprehensive way will ensure the sustainability of the project’s work.
The Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction program works to increase access to clean water and improve sanitation and hygiene in Kenya’s arid lands. The program is part of a larger effort to assist the Kenyan government and local communities to increase their resilience to droughts and flooding caused by a changing climate while simultaneously increasing access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene services. Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction will integrate and sequence emergency relief efforts with long term development efforts in order to increase water storage capacity, improve water, sanitation and hygiene conditions at health facilities and nutrition centers and improve access to and use of safe drinking water, point of use water treatment, and good hygiene behaviors to reduce diarrheal diseases.
The Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine identifies and supports innovative, problem-solving strategies to improve food security, nutrition, and livelihoods.
Selected innovations are “incubated” in their early stages before being put through a process of rigorous assessment and refinement with the goal of bringing them to scale for widespread impact. The Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine is part of the U.S. Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative known as “Feed the Future.” With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth that increases incomes and reduces hunger, poverty, and undernutrition.
The Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project, part of the U.S. Government’s “Feed the Future” initiative, is improving food security and nutrition and raising incomes for over 200,000 smallholder farmers. The project is helping farmers to grow more and better quality fruits, vegetables, and flowers, with a special focus on strengthening the value chains related to eight crops: Sweet potato, Irish potato, passion fruit, mango, banana, tomato, cabbage, peas and beans. The Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project is also expanding the processing of horticultural produce, linking small-scale farmers with local and export markets, and improving the overall agricultural policy environment.
The Kenya Wildlife Conservation Project is implemented by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to strengthen the management of Kenya’s national parks and reserves and to promote community-based wildlife management.
With funding from USAID, the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, a membership organization, builds the capacity of communities in Laikipia County to manage and protect the area’s abundant natural resources and to use those resources strategically to improve livelihoods.
The Northern Rangelands Trust is an umbrella organization formed in 2004 by the Lewa Conservancy and USAID. It brings together local pastoralist communities with land owners and the Government of Kenya to promote the long-term conservation of wildlife in Kenya’s northern rangelands. At present, Northern Rangelands Trust oversees 19 community owned and managed conservancies covering over 3 million acres. The Trust works to improve the lives and livelihoods of over 200,000 residents spread over seven counties in one of Kenya’s major wildlife migration routes. The largely pastoralist communities learn and practice wildlife conservation, natural resources management, and non-violent conflict resolution. In addition, they develop tourism and nature-based enterprises to preserve the northern rangelands and improve their livelihoods.
Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands – Accelerated Growth aims to increase economic resilience among pastoral communities in Kenya’s arid counties by strengthening the livestock value chain. The activity will foster more sustainable management of natural resources, address issues related to governance of grazing land, water and other natural resources help mitigate conflicts, and allow for diversification of the livelihoods of pastoralists. Interventions will target actors at all levels of the value chain—from livestock keepers to middlemen, traders, transporters and buyers— in order to improve incomes and stimulate growth.
Part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands – Improving Resilience is reducing hunger and poverty, increasing resilience and social stability, and building a foundation for economic growth among pastoral communities in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands. It unites humanitarian and development assistance to build resilience and expand economic opportunities in the arid lands through disaster risk and conflict reduction, natural resource management, and strengthening of livestock and other sectors.
The International Small Group Tree Planting Program, known as TIST, helps communities in and around Kenya’s forests plant trees to improve their lives. The program harnesses the power of small groups who choose to unite for a common purpose and a better life. Farmers are valued as local experts who know first-hand the impact of deforestation and drought. The program is supported by a Global Development Alliance comprised of USAID, the Clean Air Action Corporation, and the Institute for Environmental Innovation, a US-based NGO that provides the farmer training and other capacity building. USAID’s $7.5 million investment leverages more than $11 million that the Clear Air Action Corporation has invested in developing carbon offset methods, monitoring technology and pilot projects.
Democracy, Rights and Governance
USAID’s Addressing Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Kibera program is raising awareness about gender based violence among residents of the Kibera informal settlement. Additionally, the program is improving access to medical, psychological, and economic support services for victims of gender-based violence and their dependents.
The Kenya Election and Political Process Strengthening Program provides training and technical assistance to Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, political parties, civil society and the media to help Kenyans conduct free, fair and peaceful elections. The program supports technology solutions that improve transparency and increase citizens’ confidence in the electoral process.
USAID/Kenya’s Tuna Uwezo (Kiswahili for “We have the power!”) program aims to reduce politically motivated conflict in the informal settlements of Kiambio, Kibera, Mathare, Korogocho, and Babadogo in Nairobi. The program strengthens community and civil society social networks and promotes collaboration on community issues and resolution of community grievances.
The Parliamentary Strengthening Program’s main objective is to improve Kenya’s Parliament’s effectiveness in producing legislation, acting as an oversight institution, and carrying out its representation functions in a more democratic, transparent, and effective manner.
Peace Initiative Kenya focuses on the particular risks that females face in conflict and the specific contributions that women and girls can make in the promotion of a peaceful society. The program fostered a protective and peaceful environment before and during the 2013 Kenya elections.
Strengthening Institutions of Governance and Service Delivery to Entrench Transparency and Accountability
Strengthening Institutions of Governance and Service Delivery to Entrench Transparency and Accountability is a program that advances the implementation of anti-corruption reforms enumerated in the new Constitution in Kenya, including laws and policies that will reduce corruption throughout the political, electoral, and governance systems in the country.
The Support to Electoral Reforms and Processes in Kenya program is a multi-donor effort to build the capacity of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, other government entities, to hold free, fair, and peaceful elections in Kenya, a country that has suffered from elections-related violence in recent decades. The program focuses on institutional strengthening of the IEBC, including training for elections officials and developing a legal framework. The program assisted the IEBC to adopt international best practices for operations and processes.
Supporting the Kenya Constitutional Implementation Process is a partnership between USAID and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) to assist the Government of Kenya to develop the comprehensive laws and policies required under the new Constitution.
Education and Youth
Education for Marginalized Children of Kenya II is a USAID-supported initiative of the Ministry of Education and Aga Khan Foundation. It increases access to quality education opportunities for primary and lower secondary school children marginalized by cultural practices and poverty. The project focuses on improving learning outcomes and implementing evidence-based school management reforms.
The Global Give Back Circle is an innovative education, empowerment, and employment transition program for disadvantaged girls in Kenya. The three core goals are to transition each girl to become empowered, selfless and capable.
Kenya and the United States share the goal of an AIDS-free generation, and the Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education project is helping Kenya to meet that goal. The project improves the knowledge, attitudes and practices of students around HIV/AIDS through peer-to-peer, school, and community-based interventions grounded in existing evidence and promising practices from USAID initiatives throughout Kenya. It also coordinates with the Ministry of Education on its HIV/AIDS and Education policy and works with on County Education Offices to implement the policy nationwide.
Kenya Primary Math and Reading Initiative is a partnership between USAID and the Government of Kenya, the initiative is laying the foundation to measurably improve the language and mathematics skills of 3 million Kenyan children by the end of Grade Two by 2015.
Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership on Building Capacity through Quality Teacher Preparation
The Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership is a joint project of Kenyatta University and Syracuse University aimed at improving the quality of secondary school teaching and education in Kenya through expanding and enhancing teacher preparation and professional development. The partnership is focused on building the capacity of the education system through secondary pre-service teacher training and mentoring of new and practicing teachers for continuous professional growth.
Wings to Fly is a public-private partnership between USAID, Equity Group Foundation, Mastercard Foundation, UKaid, and KfW. The project provides full scholarships that include tuition, room, and board to enable academically gifted but economically disadvantaged and vulnerable children to pursue secondary and tertiary education. The selected young people also receive leadership training, career guidance, and personal mentoring to help them maximize their potential.
Yes Youth supports the empowerment of Kenyan youth as envisioned in the 2010 constitution. The program aims to develop peaceful leaders among 18-35 year-olds, with the complementary objective of improving their socioeconomic status.
Yes Youth Can Central is a youth empowerment program that is being implemented in Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nyeri and Muranga counties as part of a national effort to avoid a repeat of the devastating violence that followed the 2007 elections in Kenya. Mobilized by angry politicians, youth were both the perpetrators and the victims of widespread violence that undermined the nation-state and peaceful ethnic co-existence.
The Yes youth can Coast region is a USAID youth program initiative that focuses on empowering youth to participate effectively in political leadership and governance, build their entrepreneurial skills to engage in livelihood activities and enhance young people’s socio-economic base.
Yes Youth Can Nairobi has empowered youth to participate effectively in political leadership and governance, build entrepreneurial skills to engage in livelihood activities and enhance their socio-economic base.
Yes Youth Can North Eastern Province is an investment by USAID to counter violent extremism through youth empowerment. The project builds on the success of the Garissa Youth Project, which provided direct services to over 5,000 youth in order to reduce radicalization and increase social stability. The project focuses on providing positive alternatives to those most at-risk of recruitment.
Yes Youth Can Nyanza is a youth empowerment program promoting peaceful coexistence and new livelihood opportunities for youth in Nyanza. It is part of a national program that has mobilized youth to form bunges, or parliaments, at the village, county, and national levels.
Yes Youth Can Rift Valley is a youth program that puts youth squarely in the driver’s seat to determine their own future. Based in Kenya’s Rift Valley, an area that experienced some of the worst post-election violence after Kenya’s 2007 presidential election, the Yes Youth Can program supports young leaders or “bright spots” to champion the potential of their peers.
Yes Youth Can Western is a youth program that improves the social and economic status of youth in Western Province, Kenya. The program empowers Kenyan youth to exhibit leadership in peace building, social service, and economic prosperity for holistic community development.
FUNZOKenya is supporting the Government of Kenya’s efforts to make dramatic changes to its health worker education and training systems. “Funzo” means training in Kiswahili, and the activity works across the public and private sectors to strengthen pre-service education of health workers, increase the number of health workers graduating from Kenya’s medical training institutions, improve access to training for existing health workers, and link professional licensing to ongoing professional development. The activity is initiating public-private partnerships that are increasing available funding for health worker training and professional development.
Last updated: January 06, 2014