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Climate Smart Agriculture for Improved Rural Livelihoods (Kenya)


Titre : Climate Smart Agriculture for Improved Rural Livelihoods (Kenya)

Pays : Kenya

Date : Agreement Signed : 6 February 2015 Duration : 35 Months

Ref : NDF C62 B 3

The overall objective of the Climate Smart Agriculture for Improved Rural Livelihood project was to contribute to improved living conditions for farmer households and mitigate climate change through Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) and in particular Sustainable Agriculture Land Use Management (SALM).

The project was undertaken in the Bungoma and Kisumu Counties in Kenya where the population depend on carrying out mixed farming systems for their livelihoods. However, the prevailing farming systems and degraded land are not productive enough to provide food security for the farming community in the area. Farmers are using conventional and typically poor farming technologies which can increase vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.

The SALM concept is a methodology for farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change and achieve increased environmental resilience in different climatic or agro-ecological zones. Adoption of SALM practices can intensify productivity on croplands and grasslands reducing the pressure on agricultural, wetlands or forest lands. The project has increased altogether 5,300 farmers’ resilience to climate change through improved and less variable crop yields and helped the farmers to move from subsistence agriculture to market-oriented agroforestry. Four farmer organisations have established business enterprises in four value chains : dairy goats, bananas, commercial tree nurseries and bee keeping. The farmer enterprises have also been supported to access savings and loaning products to farmers. Access to credit is a major hindrance to scale up from subsistence farming to commercial farming.

The project has delivered the following main outputs which have led to four sustainable, climate-friendly farmer enterprises being established and operating at the end of the project : (i) 5,300 farmers supported to adopt SALM practices and to rehabilitate degraded land by planting 17,700 trees (ii) 4 business plans implemented successfully enabling farmer groups to undertake market oriented farming (iii) 2 SACCOs and 150 Village Savings

Nordic Partner : The Foundation Vi Planterar Träd (Vi-skogen / Vi Agroforestry)
Local Partners : Dairy Goats Association of Kenya (DGAK), Miriu Integrated, Western Kenya Tree Planters Association (WETPA), Kimaeti Farmers CBO, Kenya Rural SACCOs societies Union Ltd (KERUSSU LTD)

Total Project Cost : EUR 505,154
NCF Financing : EUR 300,000

Nordic Development Fund

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