Integrated Agricultural Research for Development Project

Despite the important role agriculture plays in the national economic development, its performance has been faced with several challenges that make problems of hunger and poverty persist despite efforts by various institutions to address them. The challenges have been severally documented in various policy documents and they include, among others, declining agricultural productivity against an increasing population, environmental degradation and underutilization of land resources, lack of effective value-addition of agricultural produce that constrain market access and inadequate technology application. To contribute to addressing the challenges, the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) developed the Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IARD) Project under the USAID Feed the Future initiative (FtF).
The IARD Project is aligned to the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative which aims to reduce poverty and hunger through agricultural sector growth and improved nutritional status. The project focuses on three selected value chains which include staple food crops, dairy and horticulture in the twenty two FtF Counties. KALRO’s interventions aim to improve food and nutritional security and commercialization efforts through development and promoting technologies and innovations. Additionally the project is also promoting sustainable natural resources management, as well as mitigation against climate change. This Project contributes to the Kenya Government’s Big Four Agenda for growth in the health and food security pillars.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 12:30am

Last updated: March 06, 2019