The Uasin Gishu County Government is collaborating with the Department of Agriculture and Regenerative Agricultural Practices for Improved Livelihoods and Markets (REALMS), a Dutch Development Organization (SNV) program, to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Reuben Seroney, County Director of Agriculture, stated that SNV is collaborating with the county and other relevant stakeholders, including the Kilimo Trust and the Cereal Growers Association (CGA), to establish the required enabling environment for the adoption of regenerative agriculture.
Mr Seroney praised SNV’s efforts to restore and revitalize soil health. “SNV has arrived at a critical juncture in time due to poor soil, which has resulted in a troubling decrease in arable topsoil available for cultivation.”
a statement from Claire Brosnihan, REALMS project manager, more than 10,000 smallholder farmers in Uasin Gishu County continue to benefit from Regenerative Agricultural Practices, such as farmer training, to improve agriculture.
Ms Brosnihan explained that SNV’s partnership with the county is expected to increase the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices, resulting in enhanced soil and water quality and improved livelihoods for smallholder farmers.
When SNV began working with Kuona Mbele cooperative society, which consists of older members of society over the age of 60 from Ainabkoi and Kesses sub-counties, it was a community business organization.
They have accomplished much through their agricultural economic empowerment programs run under the cooperative movement, making them appealing to many.