CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Food Security

Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy and central to the Government of Kenya’s development strategy. Kenya’s agriculture sector employs more than 75% of the countries workforce and accounts both directly and indirectly for approximately 51% of Kenya’s gross domestic product.

Kenya’s population is growing by approximately 1 million people per year. Combined with stagnant agricultural productivity and limited arable land, this demographic growth poses critical challenges to food security. 2 - 4 million people receive food aid annually. Only about 20% of Kenyan land is arable, yet maximum yields have not been reached in these areas, leaving considerable potential for increases in productivity. Most farmers work without basic agricultural inputs or updated technology and lack adequate financial or extension services.

CIVS responds to these challenges by implementing agriculture and environmental projects together with vulnerable, rural communities mainly in Western Kenya. Our immediate goal is to improve the family well-being through agro-economic development and environmental stewardship. We strengthen the capacity of rural households, labourers, landless and also communities affected by HIV/AIDS enabling them to take control of their own development. CIVS is promoting farmer field schools to improve land and water management in Western Kenya.

Unlike traditional approaches to agricultural extension, which rely on extension workers providing advice to farmers, farmer field schools enable groups of farmers to develop solutions to their own problems. We use innovative and participatory methods to create a learning environment, including learning networks, in which the beneficiaries have the opportunity to learn about particular crop production problems, and ways to address them, through their own observation, discussion and participation in practical learning-by-doing field exercises. This approach enables farmers to investigate, and overcome, a wider range of problems, including drought resilience, soil productivity improvement, conservation agriculture, control of surface runoff, water harvesting and improved irrigation.

Therefore CIVS also collaborates with national and international agricultural research institutes ensuring availability of the latest technologies and practices to our beneficiaries. Working mainly in remote areas with harsh climates and fragile, degraded with undependable, hostile climate and poor natural resources, we want to transform them into food baskets to make Kenya food secure again.