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COUNTRY FACTS

Population:
44,4 millions
Average life expectancy:
61,7 years
Proficiency in writing and reading:
72 %
Access to clean drinking water:
59%
GDP per citizen:
US$ 2,109
Child mortality:
55 pr. 1,000 born alive
Mother mortality:
360 pr. 100.000 born alive
HIV-infected:
6,1%

Source: UNDP

 

Even though Kenya has experienced economic growth in recent years, around half of the population lives for less than one dollar a day. More than 75 percent of the population lives in rural areas, and they depend deeply on farming and are thus reliant on natural resources for their livelihoods.

Farming ensures the access to food and marketing of agricultural produce constitutes a mean of income generation to cover expenses like education and medicine. But the farmers experience serious constraints when it comes to production and trade.

First of all, studies show that climate changes already impact their food and income security through the exacerbation of extreme weather conditions. And second, farmers often struggle to produce crops of the right amount and quality and further they lack negotiating power when dealing with traders. This means that the farmers are having a hard time responding to market demands and they are inhibited from selling their produce at reasonable prices in high profile market outlets.

CARE Danmark in Kenya
In response to the climatic impacts on poor and marginalized people’s life and livelihoods, CARE has launched the Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) in Kenya. The programme’s overarching goal is to increase the capacity of vulnerable households to adapt to climate change, and the goal is to be reached through the implementation of innovative approaches and best practice adaptation models.

In the Kilimo Biashara project CARE Danmark is working to improve both the quantity and quality of small farmers’ crop production with the aim of improving the farmers’ position in the agricultural value chain. The project further aims to support smallholder farmers’ organizations in order to improve their negotiating-power and to access extension services to ensure sustainable participation in agricultural value chains.

To know more about CARE Danmark’s work in Kenya please contact  Programme Coordinator Morten Fauerby Thomsen

CARE Danmark also works in:
Ghana
Laos
Mozambique
Nepal
Niger
Tanzania
Uganda
Vietnam
Globally

CARE Danmark’s focus areas:
Agriculture
Value Chains
Forestry
Gender Equality & Micro Finance
Water
Climate Change
Food Security

Contact

MortenF

Morten Fauerby Thomasen
Programme Cordinator, Kenya
+45 35 200 100

mthomsen@care.dk