Kenya: U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec Launches U.S.$40 Million Kenya Agricultural Avalue Chains Enterprises Activity in Kisumu

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More than 500,000 farmers and others in the Agricultural Sector to benefit from investments in staple crops, dairy and horticulture across 22 counties.

Nairobi, November 22, 2013 -U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec launched the Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprise activity in Kisumu on November 21, 2013. He was joined by Julius Kiptarus, Director of Livestock Production at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, who represented the Government of Kenya.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises is a $40 million activity to increase the productivity and incomes of 500,000 smallholders and other actors along the staple crops, dairy, and horticulture value chains. The activity will contribute to improved economic stability and food security for Kenya while improving nutrition. Kenya Agricultural Value Chains works nationwide with transportation and production networks, while specifically targeting small holder farmer production in Bomet, Trans Nzoia, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Kericho, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega, Vihiga, Siaya, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Nyamira, Kisii and Migori in the Western region, and Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, and Taita Taveta in Eastern region of Kenya.

"It is an important part of our shared goal with the Government of Kenya to help transform the lives of millions of Kenyans by ensuring they live in food secure households, eat nutritious food, and support their families, no matter their age or gender. The American people's $40 million, five year investment in Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises demonstrates our commitment to inclusive agriculture-led economic growth, the expansion of markets and trade, and a belief that small-scale producers have enormous potential to be both the leaders and beneficiaries of this growth," said Ambassador Godec.

The Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises is part of President Obama's Feed the Future Initiative, which is reducing hunger, poverty, and undernutirtion. Kenya is one of 19 focus counties where the initiative is working.

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