KENYA – Kenya’s National government through its implementing NGO of various agricultural activities in the country, dubbed National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP), has granted 600 farmers in Kilifi County Kshs 41 million shillings (US$0.40m) to add value on their produce and boost their income.

The grant has prioritized value addition in coconut, dairy, poultry and bee keeping with each farming group of between 25 – 30 members to receive at least Kshs 300,000 (US$2,959)- Sh. 2 million (US$19,732) to ensure their products are competitive in the market.

Besides funding of the selected agricultural value chains, the project is also committed to ensuring that small scale farmers get access to the market for their produce.

The project is currently operational in 20 wards in Kilifi county as it is in other counties around the country.

Mid-last year, the World Bank issued a grant of Sh111.5 million (US$1.1m) to NARIGP for the implementation of various agricultural activities in 20 wards of Homa Bay County.

As a commitment fee, the county government gave out Sh11.5 Million (US$ .11m) to the project to enhance ownership.

With the fund NARIGP will oversee the implementation of the project in the cotton growing, poultry keeping, banana tissue culture and Dairy farming value chain within the county.

According to the October 2018 revised NARIGP framework for vulnerable and marginalized groups, the projects objective is to increase agricultural productivity and profitability leading to improved livelihoods and reduced vulnerabilities of targeted rural communities in selected counties.

The proposed program supports Kenya’s Vision 2030 whose key element is the development of “an innovative, commercially oriented and modern agriculture, livestock and fisheries sector” in an inclusive way.

This is a long-term vision, and would require a series of operations during the next 5 to 15 years.

A key premise of the NARIGP is the importance of linking farmer/Common Interest Groups (CIGs) and Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups (VMGs) organized along priority Value Chains (VC) to markets.

Involving the three-tier institutional arrangement i.e national, county and community, NARIG will be implemented in 10 counties that include: Kiambu, Nakuru, Narok, Nandi, Transnzoia, Bungoma, Kwale, Kilifi, Samburu, and Baringo.