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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 9:45am

 

(NAIROBI, Thursday, October 19, 2017) - The Kenya Innovation Engine (KIE), a USAID-funded program Feed the Future initiative, honored entrepreneurs, investors, counties, and farming cooperatives who have participated in bringing 24 agricultural innovations to more than 202,000 smallholder farmers in 35 counties in Kenya.

The five-year program has identified, nurtured and brought to scale innovative, private sector-oriented solutions to food insecurity, under-nutrition, and poverty. Innovators designed new concepts, products and services to maximize their commercial potential, and improve nutrition and livelihoods within the targeted communities through a private sector approach. KIE set up a system that operates similar to a venture capital fund by providing targeted financial support and tailored technical assistance to agricultural innovations that are well-positioned to leverage additional funding to become fully sustainable in the market.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 7:00am

USAID’s new Administrator Mark Green announced the United States continued commitment towards working with Kenya on food security with the selection of Kenya as one of 12 partner countries in the global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future. Countries were selected based on their need, their partnership with the United States and their commitment to investing effort and resources to tackle food insecurity and stunting.

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 8:15am

Today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) signed a grant with Generation Program Kenya Limited, a local subsidiary of the McKinsey Social Initiative, to create 2,000 full-time jobs and provide over 100,000 hours in skills development for young people in the apparel industry.

Isiolo Livestock Market Launch
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 10:45am

Today in Isiolo County, the Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Karen Freeman, joined representatives of the Government of Kenya and of Isiolo County to launch a new livestock market and water system.  The livestock market will benefit more than 18,000 pastoralists, including young people. USAID has built 12 markets in Isiolo and Marsabit Counties as part of a 350 million dollar effort to mitigate the impact of the current drought and increase community resilience. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:15pm

Today in Turkana County, U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec joined representatives of the Government of Kenya (GoK) and of Turkana and Marsabit Counties, and private sector partners to launch three activities to improve access to water services in Kenya’s arid lands and support economic growth through increasing agricultural productivity in 23 counties. The projects represent a U.S. investment of over $38 million (Ksh 3.8 billion) and are consistent with the Government’s recent request for assistance in responding to the current drought emergency

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 9:15am

Today, on World Wildlife Day, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announce a grant to the Kenya Ministry of Environment and the Africa Conservation Centre to support Kenya’s National Wildlife Conservation Strategy. The grant and seven other grants awarded over the past year provide a total of Ksh 103 million ($1.3 million) to support conservation and combat wildlife crime in Kenya and East Africa and lay the groundwork for sustained collaboration between U.S. government and Kenyan counterparts.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 4:45pm

Kenyan entrepreneurs, innovators, and knowledge-seekers are set to benefit from a new resource – the Human-Centered Design (HCD) Toolkit – now available in public libraries thanks to an initiative between the Feed the Future Kenya Innovation Engine program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Kenya National Library Services (KNLS) with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and the Arts. The Toolkit, which uses creative approaches to problem solving by putting people at the center when designing solutions, will provide users with relevant, cutting-edge expertise to enhance their global competitiveness.

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 10:45am

Today, 2,500 young Kenyans graduated from a youth education-to-employment program, “Generation Kenya,” supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the McKinsey Social Initiative.  The program provides technical and professional skills training to address the youth unemployment challenge in Kenya.  Of those graduating today, 95 percent have received job offers in financial services, customer service and sales.  The graduation ceremonies were held concurrently in Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru and Nanyuki.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 11:00am

Today, dozens of Kenyan youth at the PC Kinyanjui Technical Training Institute demonstrated new vocational skills gained through the Kenya Youth Employment and Skills Program (K-YES). The program, a five year $21.9 million investment supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is celebrating its one-year anniversary.

Last updated: November 06, 2017

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