Project profile — More Food: Empowering Kenyan Women

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More Food: Empowering Kenyan Women - Overview
Farmers Helping Farmers (CA-CRA_ACR-0010001823)
2019-09-19 - 2024-08-31
Country / region • Kenya (100.00%)
Sector • Agriculture
Food crop production (31161) (20.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural extension (31166) (20.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural education/training (31181) (20.00%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (20.00%)
• Agriculture
Livestock/veterinary services (31195) (20.00%)
Policy marker • Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Nutrition (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


The ultimate outcome of this project is improved food and nutrition security of farm families (women, girls, boys and men) in the Buuri Dairy milk collection area and adjacent rural communities in Meru County, Kenya. The project integrates a number of innovative approaches to increase agricultural productivity, income, nutritional knowledge and skills among the target population. Women are the focus of the project as they are eager to learn and apply knowledge and skills that help improve the lives of their families. The project works with the local government extension network and nutrition experts to train 400 farming women who are members of ten women’s groups and/or three dairy groups on best practices in dairy, egg, vegetable and fruit production, as well as biogas, rain water harvesting and solar power technologies. It also works with five schools in the project region to establish vegetable gardens and cookhouses for a school feeding program. The project directly benefits women’s families (1600 people), and an additional 1500 students in the schools.

Expected results

The expected results for this project include:(1) increased agricultural income and productivity (vegetables, fruit, milk, eggs) of women farmers; and (2) improved dietary diversity (consumption of vegetables, fruit, milk, eggs) for women, girls, boys and men.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2021 include: (1) the bookkeeping manual was updated, printed and distributed to all members of women’s groups during volunteer-led training sessions held in January and February, and a video of compost making was shot. (2) hands-on teaching held with women’s groups to establish seedling nurseries for grow bags, work with individual women to fill and plant grow bags; (3) establishment of demonstration plots of lucerne (a highly nutritious, high-protein sustainable perennial dairy fodder) at each of the dairy clubs, with a total of 42 plots planted; (4) a demonstration bio-gas production site has been established at each of the 15 dairy clubs affiliated with the dairy co-ops eliminating the time and/or money spent by women to obtain cooking fuel producing enough gas to fuel a cooker for 6 to 7 hours a day; (5) water tanks were procured and installed at the gardens of the five project schools, and at the sites of the 15 bio-gas demonstrations in the dairy clubs; (6) Cookhouses were built and equipped at all five project schools during the summer and fall of 2020 and began providing nutritious meals upon school reopening in January 2021.



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $100,000
Transaction Date Type Value
14-06-2022 Disbursement $18,492
14-06-2022 Disbursement $9,996
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Partner website — Farmers Helping Farmers
Global Affairs Canada
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