Kenya

Photo: Elin Larsson
Photo: Elin Larsson
Vi Agroforestry was established in West Pokot district, Kenya in 1983. Today our Regional office is based in Nairobi and we have a country office in Kitale. We work with farmers' organisations around the Lake Victoria basin (Kitale and Kisumu district) as well as near the Masai Mara conservation areas (Narok county and Bomet county).

Almost 50 million people lives in Kenya and a majority of the population work as small-holder farmers. The most common crops farmed are tea, coffee, fruits and vegetables. One of the biggest threats to development in Kenya is climate change. Unreliable rainfalls make it difficult for farmers to plan their crops. Droughts, flooding and soil erosion ruin the land and cause crops to fail.

Vi Agroforestry have three ongoing projects and one overall programme in Kenya. Our work in the country focuses on improving the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers through agroforestry and through strengthening the capacity of farmer organisations. We are currently working with many dairy farmers on how agroforestry can improve their milk production. We are also engaging farmers in climate compensation by growing trees to bind carbon dioxide. Ultimately, we empower farmer families to reduce poverty, hunger, deforestation and climate change, and contribute to increased biodiversity and a better climate. Learn more about our Kenya projects below.

Projects in Kenya

Shrubs for Change

trains over 300 ‘trainers of trainers’ who in turn train 120,000 farmers in Kenya and Malawi to adopt sustainable farming practices and improve their dairy farms.
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Livelihoods Mount Elgon

aims at improving the livelihoods of 15,000 smallholder farmers in Kenya. They learn how to farm sustainably, produce more milk and also bind carbon dioxide.
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Kenya Agriculture Carbon Project – KACP

increases food security for 30,000 farmers while combating climate change.
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The ALIVE programme

contributes to a sustainable environment that enables women and men living in poverty to improve their lives.
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Recent project: The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem project – SEMA

taught local communities to farm sustainably and co-exist peacefully with wildlife in the Serengeti-Mara region in Kenya and Tanzania.
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