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October 29, 2018

About 75 percent of Kenyans derive all or part of their livelihoods from agriculture, which accounts for 18 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and the poverty level, is nearly 50%. The United States Government Feed the Future initiative in Kenya is helping 400,000 smallholder farmers and their families escape the cycle of poverty.

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, shakes hands with the Governor of Turkana County, Josphat Nanok after officially opening the Lodwar Livestock Market. Looking on is the Cabinet Secretary for Arid and Semi-arid Lands Eugene Wamalwa and USAID’s Deputy Mission Director Heather Schildge.
October 24, 2018

Today in Turkana County, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec opened the Lodwar Livestock Market, which was upgraded through 38 million Kenya Shilling (US $380,000) in funds from the U.S. government to improve the market’s infrastructure and water system. The improved structures and facilities will spur economic growth in the livestock industry and create wealth, employment and resilience within the community.

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec, cuts the ribbon to official open the Lodwar Livestock Market. With him is USAID’s Deputy Mission Director Heather Schildge, the Governor of Turkana County, Josphat Nanok and the Cabinet Secretary for Arid and Semi-arid Lands Eugene Wamalwa.
October 24, 2018

I am very pleased to join all of you today in celebrating the opening of the Lodwar Livestock Market.  I congratulate everyone who has worked so hard to bring this project to completion. A vibrant market system in northern Kenya helps the region in many ways: it spurs private sector investment, strengthens the resilience of pastoralists, and reduces the impact of climate-induced disasters such as drought and floods.  In recognition of its importance, the United States invested 38 million Kenyan shillings in the Lodwar Livestock Market to help upgrade its infrastructure and improve water access within the market so that buyers and sellers can focus on business.

Feed the Future Crops and Dairy Market Systems Development
October 3, 2018

Kenya is one of the fastest-growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Rising incomes and increased investment in agriculture bode well for continued growth. However, ninety percent of smallholder farmers still grow maize or other low-income generating crops. Opportunities to add value to crops and access export markets only reach a fraction of the country’s smallholder farmers. Smallholder dairy producers supply 70 percent of Kenya’s domestic milk production, but lack productive dairy cows, nutritious animal feed and sufficient knowledge and skills to ensure quality control and food safety.

September 11, 2018

The Feed the Future Kenya Country Plan, under the United States Government’s (USG’s) Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS), serves as an overarching framework for integrated food security and nutrition programming in Kenya. This plan describes the key drivers of food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty.

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Last updated: November 28, 2018

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