Farmers in Kitui have been urged to shun traditional methods of farming and seek professional advice to increase their yields.
CEO of Ustadi NGO George Mazurui said some donor funded projects have failed after the financiers pulled out because the locals lack the capacity to run them.
He was speaking during a one-day agricultural produce exhibition in Kitui town on Thursday.
Most of the exhibitors were local farmers, artisans and organsed groups.
Mazrui said his organisation gives money promising individuals.
"The banks provide loans for capital projects, while our organisation offers grants to nurture upcoming investors and equip them with knowledge to run successful businesses," he said.
"There is a misconception that we are competing with banks by funding investors. Ustadi is only out to ensure investors who take loans to start businesses do not lose money due to lack of competency."