Investing in rural people in Kenya

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Investing in rural people in Kenya

Since 1979, IFAD has invested US$376.3 million in 18 programmes and projects in Kenya (which have a total cost of US$819.3 million), in support of the Government’s efforts to reduce rural poverty.

In Kenya, IFAD loans provide support to smallholders and value chain actors (agro-dealers, private extension services, small traders, processors, etc.) in the dairy sector and cereal value chains. In addition, they strengthen the resilience of the natural resource base and improve access to rural financial services.

The country strategic opportunities programme (COSOP) for 2013-2018 has three strategic objectives:

  • improved natural resource management that is gender-responsive, climate-resilient, sustainable and community-based
  • improved access to assets, technologies and services for vulnerable rural women, men and young people in target areas
  • enhanced, sustainable access to markets for smallholder farmers, agro pastoralists and rural entrepreneurs.