Maize farming in Kenya has been a deeply rooted “cultural practice” for many years with declining commercial appeal. This trend is attributable to poor quality seed, low utilization of improved practices, debilitated government extension services, use of inappropriate or inadequate fertilizers, and poor access by smallholders to markets, weak producer organizations and weak human resource capacities.
KARF works to increase access to financial services for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in agriculture and rural areas with special emphasis on unlocking economic opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Project Duration and Budget October 2007 - September 2010 $2,199,000
The United States and Kenya share a special relationship dating back to American support for Kenyan independence, and extending to today with Kenya’s “son” Barack Obama in the White House.
In 2009 Kenya faced significant challenges: political, social, environmental, and in food security. The United States-Kenya partnership undertook important actions to meet these challenges and support the advance of peace, freedom and prosperity in Kenya.
Comprehensive political reform is a top priority, since without good governance the hard-won gains of aid and development will be lost.