The challenge

In Busia and Bungoma Counties in western Kenya, smallholder farmers are hungry and struggling to make a living from their land. They are vulnerable to economic, environmental and social stresses and shocks. 25% of children under five are stunted due to malnutrition and infant mortality rates are higher than the national average; 1 in 16 does not survive beyond five years old.

We have identified four primary causes for this chronic malnutrition:

  • Farmers are unable to produce enough quality food to meet their family’s needs
  • Mothers and other care givers lack vital knowledge to ensure health and nutrition for them and their children
  • 65% of people in western Kenya live below the poverty line and are unable to meet the cost of their basic needs
  • Women are prevented from making decisions about their own development and look after the health and best interests of themselves and their children.

How we can help

This is our biggest ever project, working with 73,729 people in western Kenya. Farmers will receive training in:

Farm productivity: increasing dietary diversity and productivity

Primary healthcare and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH): improving knowledge, access to health services, clean water supply and increased participation in health insurance schemes

Sustainable income generation: increasing daily income above $1.5 a day, increase the number of income generating activities and increase savings

Gender equality: increasing female decision-making and female participation in leadership activities.

Find out about Mercy, who will be supported through Western Kenya Sustainable Livelihoods