FCI's Africa Director, David Ruchiu (second from right), Board Chair, Prof. Meme Kinoti (Right) and other delegates share a brief moment during the Global Food Security Forum 2017 hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and held at Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Washington DC from 29th to 30th March 2017

FCI Africa Director speaks at the Global Food Security Symposium on FCI's experience in retaining youth in profitability enterprises through Commercial Villages Model across Africa. On average, FCI's Commercial Village Farmers comprise of 20% youth e.g a Commercial Village with 500 Smallholder Farmers has 100 youth farmers.


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Farm Concern International, FCI, with support from Tearfund UK hosted the Arid & Semi-arid Lands Value Chain-Wide Profitability and Market Access Experiential Learning Forum on Wednesday, May 10th 2017 at FCI Africa Office, KALRO Campus, Waiyaki way. The interactive forum was a critical learning pathway of a New Commercialization Phase of Agro-pastoralism in Kenya. 

The Forum brought together local, regional and international private sector partners, agro-pastoralists, buyers, county and national government representatives, research organizations, universities and development organizations for strategic scale up of Arid and Semi-Arid value chains-wide opportunities in Kenya.

The Forum revealed the massive commercialization opportunities in the Arid and semi-arid lands with a particular bias to Northern Kenya. Farm Concern International shared statistical evidence based on end-term data that has been gathered through action research embedded into the implementation and end of project evaluation for the anchor value chains only; green grams, goats, sheep, cattle and camel milk. The lessons were learned from the Commercialization and Market Access Programme (CoMaP) implemented by Farm Concern International with support from Tearfund UK.

Mr. Julius Githu, Marsabit County Director of Agriculture addressing participants during the ASALs Value Chain wide profitability Forum

The Programme transformed lives of 4,161 Agro pastoralist households organized into 11 Commercial Villages who recorded sales worth USD 2,319,127 from 2015 – 2016 through the Commercial Village Model [CVM]. The trade was realized from sale of 903MT of green grams, 128,840 litres of camel milk, 988 cattle, 23,797 goats/sheep and other staples. The market-led programme has triggered agricultural investments through catalyzing agro-pastoralists profitable commercialization, aggregation, market access, innovation dissemination and village savings for financial inclusion. 

Speaking during the Forum, Mumbi Kimathi, FCI Strategy and Innovations Director noted that Agro-pastoralist commercialization and market development is an intense process which demands strategic business partnership with private sector, Government, farmer organizations and development partners. FCI has developed business partnership with 33 Wholesale buyers, 11 Commercial Villages, 26 Commercial Producer Groups, 26 integrated implementing partners, financial institutions and input suppliers. The Agro-pastoralist market-led programme has increased acreage under green gram production from 77 acres to 908 acres. 

The intervention is transforming the economic landscape for 1,801 women [43%] & 824 youth [20%] through competitive participation in agro-enterprises and value chain-wide employment opportunities. FCI through its Food Basket Model has created an enabling farm-level crop and livestock diversification for food & nutrition security and climate resilience. The integrated ASAL initiative focusing on livestock and crop commercialization, markets and trade development in Northern Kenya is impacting 17,443 beneficiaries.

“How do we utilize the available resources to ensure that what we are witnessing in our country does not reoccur in the future?“ posed Madam Glady Wathanga, Tearfund Country Director. She cited an occurrence the previous week where floods swept carcasses in some of the areas affected by the current droughts. 

Flourishing Agro-pastoralists in Northern Kenya shared their tales of transformation as a result of the commercialization and market access programme.

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Tanzania Agri-Investment Buyer Data-Incentivized Forum unveils the key role played by Traditional Informal Wholesale Aggregators

The Regional Seed-Farmer-Market-Consumer Integrated Value Chain Development Programme referred to as the SeFaMaCo Programme is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia. 

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Hands-on Lessons & Impact Sharing by Kabunge Commercial Village with Tearfund UK, Eastern & Southern Africa Team Leaders

Farm Concern International hosted 9 staff from Tear Fund on 17th January 2017 at Kabunge Commercial Village for hands-on lessons sharing on smallholder farmer commercialization impact. 

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Kimobo Farmers in Bungoma County challenged to adopt modern Technology

Farm Concern International, FCI; Anglican Development Services -Western and Bungoma County government Department of Agriculture, Livestock, fisheries and livestock through Feed the Future USAID Kenya Agricultural Value chain Enterprises organized a County Trade Fair on 28th October 2016 at Kimobo ACC grounds in Mt. Elgon sub-county.

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Farm Concern International conducts Trade Fair at Challa Tuhire Scheme, Taita Taveta County

FCI in partnership with Kenya Promotions and Marketing Company (KPMC) and the County government of Taita Taveta through USAID Feed the Future -Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises (KAVES) conducted a trade fair at Challa Tuhire Irrigation Scheme, Taveta on 27th October 2016. 

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USAID East Africa and Ministry of Agriculture Launches Hermetic Storage Technology in Kenya

A 2014 survey by the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows that current post- harvest losses in Kenya are at least 15% in strategic maize production zones and much higher in some of the food insecure areas. 

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FCI- USIU Africa Partnership Championing Agro-SME growth for youths employment and wealth creation

Farm Concern International, FCI in partnership with Global Agribusiness Management & Entrepreneurship Centre; a programme of United States International University Africa (USIU-Africa), are working together to build a competitive Agribusiness sector specially targeting Small and Medium Agro-entrepreneurs. 

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FCI hosts East Africa Cassava Value Chain - Wide Profitability Forum

The East Africa Cassava Value Chain- Wide Profitability Forum was held on Wednesday, September 21st 2016 at FCI Africa Regional Office. The interactive forum was a critical learning phase of a regional programme on Cassava Commercialization and Processing funded by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and implemented by Farm Concern International. 

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FCI trains entrepreneurs from 5 COMESA Countries

FCI with support from COMESA has conducted technical capacity building for cassava-focused Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from Zambia, Seychelles, Malawi, Burundi and Kenya. Cassava accounts for 15% of the total global starch production. FAO statistics rank cassava as fourth food crop in the developing countries feeding over 500 million people.

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Agro-pastoralist Commercialization and Markets Programme in Northern Kenya Documentation

Agro-pastoralist Commercialization and Markets Programme in Northern Kenya is a two-year programme supported by TearFund UK and implemented by Farm Concern International (FCI) in Marsabit County, Kenya. 

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Highlights of the speech by former AGRA President: Jane Karuku

Former AGRA President Jane Karuku while delivering the key note address during the Cassava & Sweet Potato Investment Symposium emphasized the various technological options now available in enhancing commercialization of the two crops.  

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Senior Management Training (SMT) 2015

Farm Concern International (FCI)'s Regional Senior Management Team (SMT) meeting provides an opportunity for the teams from various countries and hubs to keep track of work progress and share on each other's developments.The last SMT was held at the Africa Office between March 2-6.

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Staff promotions 2014

 Performance management is a critical process which goes hand in hand with career planning and development for the staff in any institution. FCI takes this process seriously; this is at the heartbeat of the Human Resources Department. The team in this department is committed to ensuring that the team performs to the optimum and that their career development paths are planned and managed appropriately, in line with best HR practices and standards.

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CoMap Launch

CoMAP Project, which mainly targets to build the livelihoods of over 1,900 agro pastoralist households, will be launched on 19th February 2015 in Marsabit Central Sub-County at the Jirime Hotel and Resort. The event, which will be facilitated by Farm Concern International (FCI) with support from Tear Fund, will attract participants from Marsabit County government representatives, development partners and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries.

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2014 Staff Awards

Every year, Farm Concern International (FCI) recognizes and awards exceptional staff. The vetting process is rigorous and transparent, evaluating staff on key areas such as job effectiveness & productivity, team work, adherence to company policy and interpersonal skills. In 2014, eight staff received awards for their excellent well-rounded performance. 

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New Market for Sweet potato in Kisumu Promises Increased Income

Farm Concern International (FCI) recently held a trader-farmer event which attracted 130 smallholder farmers in Kabondo Constituency in Homa Bay County.  The event, led by Jared Kassam, the team leader and Hub Manager for Lake Victoria Hub, was presided over by a representative from the Investors of Homa SG, Mr. Gabriel Oduor. 

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