The Asset-Based Financing for Smallholder Farmers Project will help 110,000 smallholder farmers in 13 counties (listed below) of Kenya double their farm income per planted acre. More than 70% of Kenyans depend on agriculture for their livelihood. The majority of these farmers are women smallholders, yet for a variety of reasons, they are not as productive as they could be.
Tremendous progress has been made in malaria control in recent years. Widespread distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets, coupled with household spraying have helped large parts of the country become free from malaria. Nevertheless, malaria remains a leading cause of illness and death among children under 5. The burden of malaria also exacts a steep economic toll, with about 170 million working days lost due to malaria illness each year.
In Kenya, it is estimated that there are 1.6 million people living with HIV/AIDS and 1.1 million children who are orphans due to AIDS. As a whole, more than six percent of the population is infected with HIV, but the epidemic has hit specific regions and vulnerable groups much more seriously.
A strong, well-functioning and sustainable health system – capable of efficiently delivering and managing health care services – is vital to improving the health status of Kenyans. Health systems in Kenya are constrained by insufficient financial resources, a shortage and poor distribution of healthcare workers, weaknesses in legislation and information systems and a lack of management and other technical expertise. Accessing quality health services is especially difficult for women and youth.
Kenya has made incredible progress in reducing child deaths, with a 30 percent decline in child and infant mortality recorded between the last two Demographic and Health Surveys conducted in 2003 and 2008. Improvements in antenatal care, vaccinations, and malaria control have helped to drive these trends. At the same time, mothers and babies still face high risks during and around childbirth. The leading killers of children (pneumonia, diarrhea, AIDS, and malaria) are preventable and treatable, but the needed interventions often do not reach the poorest and most vulnerable.
Last updated: February 14, 2015