Action - Developing Village-based Advisors to improve food Security - Promotion of food security and agriculture - Adult men and women

Programme: Developing Village-based Advisors to improve food Security

Programme description

The Village-based Advisors Food Security project is improving productivity by promoting good farming practices among smallholder farmers, with the larger goal of increasing their food security and resilience to environmental shocks. The project identifies keen, hard-working farmers at the village level and develops them into モagro-entrepreneursヤ, called Village-based Advisors who provide inputs (such as improved seed), services (such as livestock vaccination) and advice on good farming practices to their community. These micro-businesses offer the double benefit of creating rural employment opportunities and building a sustainable system for delivering agricultural technologies.

The project is part of the U.S. Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, also known as モFeed the Futureヤ, which seeks to address the root causes of hunger and poverty and create conditions where food assistance is no longer necessary. ᅠ

Programme type



USD 2,000,000.00



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The project works in Siaya, Busia, Embu, Kitui, Machakos, and Makueni counties
Target group: 
Adult men and women
Age group: 
Implementation details : 

The project is working to mitigate the negative effects of climate change on Kenyaメs smallholder farmers by increasing their use of improved varieties of crops and inputs like fertilizer; building their understanding of and ability to implement good soil and water management techniques, and providing better access to poultry vaccination.

The model relies on the use of モVillage-based Advisorsヤ (VBAs) who earn an income through the provision of improved inputs, advice and services to their fellow farmers.  Unlike traditional group-based approaches, VBAs have a target to work with every farmer in their community, meaning thousands of farmers can be reached quickly and cost-effectively. The project builds on the entrepreneurialism and community spirit common among smallholder farmers.

FIPS-Africa is a pioneer of the ムsmall packメ approach ヨ where inputs such as seed are distributed to farmers in small quantities. This allows farmers to experiment on their own farm at a low cost and with minimal risk. Farmers are more likely to adopt if they have seen something work first.

Target population size : 
By June 2012, the project had trained over 100 VBAs who distributed over 34,000 small packs of seed of improved varieties of key staple crops to farmers and established nearly 4,000 multiplication sites for drought tolerant root tuber crops.
Coverage level (%): 
ByMarch 2013, the following additional achievements are expected: 1,800 demonstration plots for improved soil and water management or seed priming established 9,000 households growing improved varieties of root tuber crops; 56,000 more small p
Coverage type: 
Outcome indicator(s): 
  • Local food production and consumption levels
  • Food import and export rates
  • Rates of undernutition
  • Rates of people living < $1/day
M&E system: 


Local food production and consumption levelsFood import and export ratesRates of undernutitionRates of people living &amp;lt; $1/day

Local food production and consumption levelsFood import and export ratesRates of undernutitionRates of people living < $1/day

Outcome reported by social determinants: 
Socio-economic status


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