Feed the Future’s flagship project in Kenya, managed by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is leveraging the resources of the two government ministries to disseminate key nutritional messages contained in the project’s Applied Basic Agri-Nutrition Resource Manual for Trainers, which is designed to transform dietary behavior and build the resilience of families who may face shocks such as drought or high food prices.
The Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership emphasizes the importance of policy and regulatory systems for improving agriculture sectors and food security, laying the foundation for broad-based economic growth that aligns with country-determined priorities set out in the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program.
Feed the Future’s assessment tool is expected to inform USAID agriculture and food security programming in focus countries around the world and help shape strategies to bring agricultural technologies to scale.
Two years after the end of the voucher program, randomly selected farmers who received the coupons had permanently changed their farming practices, using significantly more fertilizer, enjoying 15 percent higher yields, boosting food consumption by nine percent and increasing assets and savings by 20 percent more than their control group counterparts.
Inexpensive and easy to use, UdderCheck is a dipstick that can detect enzymes that are the precursor to mastitis, giving smallholder farmers a chance to get treatment for their cows before a full-blown bacterial infection impacts productivity.