Kenya Agriculture Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES)

Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES) is a food security project that will increase the productivity and incomes of 500,000 smallholder farmers and other actors across the strategic value chains of horticulture, dairy, and staple crops. The project will also foster the adoption of innovative technologies to improve nutrition at the rural household level, as well as increase the capacity of key stakeholders to ensure sustainable adoption of improved practices.

Kenya Agriculture Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES)

The Kenya Agricultural Value Chains Enterprises promotes value chain growth and diversification. It increases the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers and other actors along the value chain who are working in the dairy, maize and other staple and horticulture sectors. The activity works with more than 30 Kenyan government and private sector organizations.

The activity develops smallholder enterprises that combine maize, high-value horticultural crops and dairy farming to generate wealth, thereby enhancing food security, improving nutrition and increasing economic opportunities for women, youth, and other vulnerable populations. Engagement with the private sector in a meaningful, comprehensive way ensures the sustainability of the activity’s work.

The Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises activity works with smallholder farmers, businesses, and national and county government partners to address constraints up and down the value chain (such as agro-processors, input suppliers, transporters, exporters, retailers, financiers) and develop fully-functioning, competitive value chains. The activity is expanding the number of micro, small and medium enterprises that can compete in local, regional and international markets, increasing the gross value of products and services overall, and expanding market share in local and export markets.

To improve nutrition and health, particularly for women and children, the activity promotes good nutrition and hygiene practices and develops infrastructure to improve access to clean, safe drinking water.

The activity builds the capacity of local organizations by providing hands-on technical, financial, and managerial training, so that local organizations can continue providing high-quality services to farmers beyond the life of the project.

The activity also promotes sustainable natural resource management to help farmers adapt to the effects of climate change.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (Kenya)

    Kenya | Staff size: Unknown

    The Ministry’s core functions...

  • Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS)

    Kenya | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) is the government parastatal whose responsibility is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impact on the...

  • Horticultural Crops Directorate ( HCD)

    Staff size: Unknown

    The Horticultural Crops Directorate ( HCD) which was formerly known as Horticultural Crops Development Authority (‘HCDA’) was established under the Agriculture Act, Chapter 318...

  • Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)

    Government, Institute
    Kenya | Staff size: 1001-5000

    KARI was established in 1979 as a semi-autonomous government institution. The new institute continued research activities from the East African Agricultural and Forestry Research Organisation...

  • East Africa Market Development Associates

    Development Consulting
    Kenya | Staff size: 26-50

    East Africa Market Development Associates (EAMDA) is a private company domiciled in Kenya as a Limited Liability Company (LLC). The company is an Eastern Africa based...

  • Greenforest Foods

    Goods Supplier
    Kenya | Staff size: 26-50

    Greenforest Foods is an organic and natural food manufacturer and distributor based in Nairobi, Kenya. They produce and distribute 5 brands of tasty, nutritious natural foods to major retail...

  • Matengo Githae & Associates

    Investment & Finance, Service Providers
    Kenya | Staff size: 26-50

    Messer Matengo Githae & Associates has more than 18years of experience in Auditing, Taxation, Capacity Building, Business Development, Evaluation and Assessments, Technical Assessments in...

  • Amref Health Africa

    Implementing NGO
    Kenya | Staff size: 101-250

    Amref Health Africa has over 54 years’ experience in health development. In 1957, three surgeons founded the Flying Doctors Service of East Africa, laying the foundation for what is now...

  • Fintrac

    Development Consulting, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    Fintrac, a woman-owned and US-based consulting company, develops agricultural solutions to end hunger and poverty. For 25 years, they have worked with local and global partners to increase...

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Key Information

LocationKenya, Eastern Africa
  • Start Date 2013
  • End Date 2018
  • ValueUSD 40 Million