Kenya

Country Profile
Kenya
In Kenya, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Kenya and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
44.4
million
Number of people living in Kenya (World Bank, 2013)
Poverty
45.9
Percent
Percentage of population living below the national poverty line (World Bank, 2005)
Stunting
35.2
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting (World Bank, 2009)
Rural
75
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Kenya (World Bank, 2013)
GDP
4.6
Percent
Annual GDP growth. Agriculture accounts for 30 percent of added value (World Bank, 2012)
Farmers
485
Thousand
Producers using new technology and skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY13
Sales
$43
Million
Value of Feed the Future farmer sales in FY13
Nutrition
2.22
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY13
Land
15
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY13
Investment
$294
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY13
Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya's economy and central to its development strategy

Kenya has the largest, most diversified economy in East Africa. Agriculture is the backbone of this economy and central to the Government of Kenya’s development strategy. In fact, more than 75 percent of Kenyans make some part of their living in agriculture and the sector accounts for more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Yet agricultural productivity is stagnating while Kenya’s population is rapidly growing. This poses critical challenges to food security in the country and two to four million people receive food aid annually. Only about 20 percent of Kenyan land is suitable for farming and maximum yields have not been reached in these areas, leaving

Results by the numbers*

  • More than 485,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices on more than 15,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers sold more than $43.1 million (USD) worth of agricultural products
  • Feed the Future

Agriculture is central to the Government of Kenya’s development strategy and Kenya’s economy. In 2010, Kenya signed a Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program compact to prioritize agricultural development. The Government of Kenya has also established a National Food and Nutrition Security Policy to provide an overarching framework to address poverty, hunger and undernutrition. 

With the right incentives, opportunities exist to increase agricultural productivity as young entrepreneurial farmers enter the sector and embrace the use of technology to transform subsistence agriculture to commercial operation. Private investment is driving agricultural expansion;

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Target Regions

Map of Feed the Future target regions in Kenya

Funding

Funding Graph for Kenya