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Market-Driven Agri-Mechanization Solutions for Smallholder Women Farmers and Youth Entrepreneurs in Kenya

Kenya’s adoption of agri-mechanization (working primarily with machinery rather than by hand or with animals) is very low at only 15%. Lack of adequate information, limited purchasing power, and the absence of sustainable business models to deliver agri-mechanization services to smallholder farmers are the main constraints facing adoption.

The goal of this action research project is to increase income and improve food security through agri-mechanization for 2,000 women and 1,500 men smallholder farmers and 480 youth entrepreneurs in Bungoma, Kiambu, Embu, and Meru Counties in Kenya. The research question is: how can agri-mechanization-supported smallholder agriculture become an attractive enterprise, reduce drudgery for women and unemployment for youth, and provide fulfilling work for farmers?

The project proposes two strategies to increase access to and use of agri-mechanization services: a digital platform to link smallholder farmers to agri-mechanization services, and a model of “commercial villages” to link smallholder farmers to markets in order to drive demand for agri-mechanization services. Expected results include improved agricultural productivity, labour efficiency, reduced drudgery, increased opportunities for youth employment, and greater incomes among smallholder farmers.

This project is a collaborative initiative of Farm Concern International and the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization through the Agricultural Mechanization Research Institute.

Project ID
108790
Project Status
Active
Duration
36 months
IDRC Officer
Marwan Owaygen
Total Funding
CA$ 1,001,400.00
Location
Kenya
Programs
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Agriculture and Food Security
Institution Country
Kenya
Project Leader
Anthony Kaunga
Institution
Farm Concern International Development Trust
Institution Country
Kenya
Project Leader
Noah Wawire
Institution
Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization

Outputs

Study

Gender and youth strategy for the market driven agri-mechanization solutions for small women farmers and youth entrepreneurs in Kenya