Agriculture and nutrition - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) will Wednesday launch a project aimed at improving the productivity and access to markets of farmers in Kenya.
The Strengthening Agricultural Input and Output Markets in Africa (SAIOMA) will be launched in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, with a discussion on food security solutions and a daylong forum to address agricultural financing and access to inputs as well as the link between agriculture and nutrition
The project complements AGRA’s other market access initiatives, and will work with county governments in Kitui, Meru North, Taraka Nithi, and Machakos in line with their own agricultural growth priorities, PANA on Sunday quoted AGRA and USAID as saying in a joint statement.
SAIOMA is a three-year Global Development Alliance between USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is being implemented in Kenya, Malawi and Zambia.
The project will benefit 100,000 smallholder farmers and 550 agro-dealers in six districts in four counties in Eastern Kenya.