Agriculture and Food Security
Agriculture is the backbone of the Kenyan economy, and improving private, small-scale farms is essential to a broad-based, poverty reduction strategy. USAID is a leader in farming and pastoral programs that focus on the entire value-chain: from seeds and soil, to farming methods, to linking farmers to markets.
Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance
Past decades of inequitable and often corrupt governance have dampened Kenya's economic progress and worsened ethnic divisions. USAID support to democracy programs focus on two main themes: supporting the constitutional reform agenda and enhancing the country’s system of checks and balances.
Economic Growth and Trade
Small businesses in Kenya are challenged by the lack of essential business support services, especially financial services. In addition to investing in agriculture to spur economic growth and reduce poverty, USAID supports increasing access to finance for the public and private sectors.
USAID education programs focus on improving the early grade reading skills of Kenya’s 30 million children. USAID also works to empower Kenyan youth to promote their own development and prosperity, become responsible citizens and advocate for peace and better governance.
USAID’s environment and natural resource management program supports sustainable growth in three key sectors of the economy—tourism, forestry and agriculture—as well as through the Global Climate Change initiative, which supports adaptation, mitigation and clean and renewable energy.
Kenya is a focus for the U.S. Global Health Initiative, and USAID prioritizes the leadership, governance and capacity building of the Kenyan health system for greater sustainability. To reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS nationwide, it integrates prevention and treatment of other diseases, especially malaria and tuberculosis, and improvements in maternal and child health, family planning and reproductive health.
Working in Crises and Conflict
USAID activities strive to address the underlying problems that cause violent conflict, as well as mitigate immediate threats to peace and stability. In anticipation of a looming severe drought, USAID began pre-positioning food assistance in the eastern Horn of Africa in late 2010 and providing significant humanitarian assistance in 2011.
Last updated: April 15, 2014