our work

in kenya

Kenya overview

Supporting smallholder farmers to move from subsistence to prosperity is at the core of our programme work in Kenya.

Our largest scheme in Kenya is supporting the development of the cassava value chain across several district of Southern Kenya, benefitting 28,000 people.

Other projects include poultry rearing, rainwater harvesting, livestock rearing and banana and cashew production which focus on improved food and nutrition.

Full Name: Republic of Kenya
Population: 50.95 million (World Data 2018) 
Population Growth (Yearly): 2.52%
Capital: Nairobi
Area: 581,309 SQ KM (224,080 SQ Miles)
Major Languages: English (Official), Swahili (Official), Numerous indigenous languages
Major Religions: Christianity, Islam, Traditional Beliefs

Kenya projects

KERINGET COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT PROJECT Kiptulwa & Kerringet SHA is increasing access to clean water and encouraging good hygiene and sanitation practices among local communities. Local water management committees have helped to identify needs of their communities, and appropriate sites for water access points. Two boreholes and pumps are being installed, two streams rehabilitated and a water tank and tap installed at the local school. Already, following the hygiene and sanitation promotion, there are reports of fewer incidences of diarrhoea and other diseases.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROJECT Kisumu In partnership with Designer Group, SHA are creating opportunities for 200 youths to develop basic entrepreneurial, financial literacy and life skills over a 12 month period. A selection of the participants will also be afforded placement and employment opportunities with Designer Group and other local businesses. The project will also partner with local technical institutions to create opportunities for partial scholarships and internship opportunities in local cooperatives for young people.

STRENGTHENING THE CASSAVA VALUE CHAIN Coastal, Eastern & Western regions The project aims to integrate smallholder farmers into the development of the cassava value chain, which is currently very underdeveloped and highly informal. SHA are training Lead Farmers to disseminate trainings on cassava production to 28,000 smallholders in producer groups. Farmers are being trained on good agricultural practices and climate smart agriculture, farming as a business, quality standards, and value-addition. Theses trainings and linkages will help to strengthen the cassava value chain and create secure employment for smallholder farmers.  Self Help Africa’s Terms of Reference for the Development of IEC Material on good agricultural practices for Cassava.  

KILIMO VALUE CHAINS Nationwide, including Arid & Semi-Arid Regions Over €18 million is being invested in supporting enterprise development projects through a ‘Challenge Fund’ supported by the EU and managed by SHA. The fund will award grants to support agri-enterprises to grow their businesses whilst simultaneously increasing the integration of small-scale farmers and semi- nomadic pastoralists into their supply chains. Business models should have smallholders as suppliers of raw materials, agri-products or as customers requiring inputs, finance and equipment. The fund is expected to support a wide variety of undertakings, including farmer training on climate adaptation, capacity development of cooperatives, improving quality standards, and marketing investments, among others.


Bank of Africa House,
4th Floor,
Karuna Close, Off Waiyaki Way

Nairobi, Kenya
P.O. Box 14204-00800
Tel: +254 20 444 2162
Mobile: +254 703 946 477 / +254 733 193 435
Email: kenya@selfhelpafrica.org