Overcoming Agricultural Problems in Kenya
Millions of families in Kenya rely on
agriculture to survive.
face many challenges. From difficult environmental conditions to
administrative land ownership hurdles, subsistence farming in Kenya can be
hard for families living in poverty. Some farmers turned to an agricultural
initiative known as the One Acre Fund to overcome these challenges, but the
project has had mixed results.
Supply and Demand
the greatest obstacles facing Kenyan farmers is not planting and harvesting
crops, but supply chain management. Although some farmers have grown
impressive yields in recent years, it is not always easy for them to get
their produce to market or work with regional food suppliers to ensure a
steady source of income.
The One Acre Fund was designed to assist
Kenyan farmers with the entire agricultural production process, from
securing seeds and tools to establishing relationships with suppliers and
distributors. Agriculture experts advise smallholder farmers on the types of
crops to grow and help them cultivate these crops to improve yields and,
ultimately, their income. By monitoring external factors, such as the
prevalence of diseases such as maize lethal necrosis, or MLN, which devastated
maize crops in 2011, representatives from the One Acre Fund can recommend
which crops are likely to produce higher yields.
participating in the project are given advice on which crops to plant and
when, largely to reduce the potential damage of outbreaks of diseases like
MLN. The Kenyan government supports this idea and also recommends the
rotation of annual crops. Although rotation can prove more expensive for
smallholder farmers, the potential yields — and associated income
— is greater, which has positively affected many families living in
Seeds of Hope
ChildFund has worked in Kenya since 1960
to fight child poverty and help families break the cycle of generational
poverty by empowering them with the tools and supplies they need. One way you
can help us continue this work is by purchasing a gift from our Gifts of Love
& Hope catalog. A donation of $74 will give a family vegetable
seeds that they can use to grow their own nutritious produce on small
plots of land. In addition, surplus vegetables can be sold, bolstering
Alternatively, sponsoring a child in Kenya is another way
you can make a difference in the life of a child. For just $28 per month, you
can provide nutritious food, essential health care and educational
opportunities to a child in need.