Smallholder farmers in Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties are set to benefit from Sh149 million funding from the Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Program from the World Bank. Uasin Gishu County got the lion’s share of Sh104 million while Elgeyo Marakwet got the remaining Sh45 million.
The money is meant to boost food production by funding small scale irrigation as well as provide market advice, weather monitoring, and climate-smart advisory services.
Beneficiaries will be potato, tomato, and chicken producers. Kumar Vutukuru the World Bank lead mission member said that the program budget was $250 million shared among countries across the country in an effort to help food security and curb climate change by making farmers more resilient to climate change.
The program hopes to promote climate-smart agriculture like irrigation.
Uasin Gishu Governor said that at least 300 families would benefit from the irrigation program and that farmers would be encouraged to plant trees to improve tree cover. He added that farmers would be better able to cope with poor weather.Meanwhile in Elgeyo Marakwet, the fund will benefit a total of 73 community groups to help them move from subsistence farming to commercial farming.