IFAD provides US$15.60 million to ease poverty pockets in Kenya’s Southern Nyanza area

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IFAD provides US$15.60 million to ease poverty pockets in Kenya’s Southern Nyanza area

Rome, 30 September 2009 – A US$15.60 million loan from IFAD to the Republic of Kenya for the Southern Nyanza Community Development Project is set to reduce poverty and change the lives of 500,000 poor rural men, women and children in Southern Nyanza in Kenya.
The supplementary loan agreement for the project was signed today in Rome by Mrs Ann Belinda Nyikuli, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to Rome, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD.

The project aims at empowering rural communities by strengthening local institutions and community-driven development activities, by improving access to health care, safe water, environmental, sanitation and hygiene practices, by increasing farm labour productivity, improving food security and nutrition, and  enhancing community awareness of social behaviours and their consequences.  

This project concerns six priority divisions in each of the six districts of Homa Bay (Kobama), Kuria (Masaba), Migori (Karungu), Nyamira (Nyamusi), Rachuonyo (West Karachuonyo) and Suba (Central).

These are among the poorest areas in Southern Nyanze, alongside Lake Victoria, which has untapped agricultural potential.

Communities in these districts are often very poor, with strong socio-cultural traditions and norms, weak institutions and an incidence of HIV/AIDS above the national average.

To date, IFAD has funded 14 projects in Kenya for a total investment of about US$ 184.6 million. The ongoing projects include; the Central Kenya Dry Lands Programme (CKDAP), Mount Kenya East Pilot Project for Natural Resources Management (MKEPP), South Nyanza Community Development Project (SNCDP), Smallholder Dairy Commercialization Programme (SDCP) and Smallholder Horticulture and Marketing Programme (SHOMAP).

Press release No.: IFAD/42/09

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) works with poor rural people to enable them to grow and sell more food, increase their incomes, and determine the direction of their own lives. Since 1978, IFAD has invested over US$11 billion in grants and low-interest loans to developing countries, empowering some 340 million people to break out of poverty. IFAD is an international financial institution and a specialized UN agency based in Rome – the UN's food and agricultural hub. It is a unique partnership of 165 members from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), other developing countries and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).