Women appreciated the convenience of receiving cancer screening and HIV testing at the Farmers' Cooperative
February 19, 2013
Sharon Cherutich Mutai is a produce vendor at a small but bustling market along the highway connecting Kenya and Uganda through the Great Rift Valley town of Eldoret. Normally Sharon, who is in her 30s, is busy selling potatoes and vegetables to travelers. But on this day she has taken time off to attend is a farmers’ field day at Mumberes Farmers' Cooperative Society grounds.
“I decided to come when I heard that there would be free health services,” says Sharon, accompanied by her friend with a small baby.
USAID helps Kenya's banks develop the important agricultural market
February 12, 2013
The dairy sector currently accounts for eight percent (8%) of Kenya’s GDP. With 1.5 million smallholder farmers producing milk, dairy has the potential to greatly contribute to economic growth and job creation. With technical assistance provided by USAID, Kenya’s financial institutions are gradually starting to lend into the sector, supporting needs of farmers and entrepreneurs once excluded from commercial finance.
The horns and bones of pastroralists' cattle are transformed into jewelry and other products
February 9, 2013
Hola, a small town located in Kenya's Tana River County, is home to Wata Omara Youth Group . This group produces and sells traditional jewelry made from metal, bone, and horn. The process of smelting metal to make bangles and chains takes a significant amount of time. In the past, the group would seel each piece for less than $1. The Wata Omara tribe, the group responsible for these crafts, are treated as the lowest caste in their traditional society, making it difficult to engage in activities that would yield higher incomes.
USAID’s Kenya Drylands Livestock Development Program helps farmers increase incomes while providing much-needed fodder to herders during times of drought
February 9, 2013
In Kenya's Tana River District, both pastoralists and farmers suffer when there is drought. Many of the indigenous communities grow maize, beans, mangoes, and various traditional vegetables. Lacking an irrigation scheme, the famers often find their crops succumbing to the harsh climate.
Horticultural Exports supply food for the North Rift region
January 18, 2013
The Rift Valley region of Kenya has favorable climatic conditions for production of horticultural crops. However, this opportunity was not fully exploited for decades namely due to drought, lack of education on horticultural produce and low private sector investment.