SoCo project was implemented by a consortium of partner institutions including Kenyatta University (KU), Ministry of Agriculture (Extension Services Department), FCI and Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) between 2010 -2013, with funding from AGRA.
SoCo project was implemented by a consortium of partner institutions including Kenyatta University (KU), Ministry of Agriculture (Extension Services Department), Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and FCI between 2010 -2013, with funding from AGRA. The project aimed at improving production of soybeans (Glycine max) and climbing beans (Vigna umbellata) among households in Eastern Kenya .Since then, it has engaged 46,580 households which are part of commercial villages .
These CVs are part of 484 Commercial Producer Groups (CPGs).
The objectives of this project were three-fold; improve food security, income and soil fertility. SoCo project aimed at enhancing productivity and market development of Soybeans and Climbing Beans within nine districts in Meru and Embu counties.
FCI linked the beneficiaries to markets through partnerships with various formal and informal markets; mainly food manufacturers , key wholesale traders and evolved farmer groups into trading blocs (Commercial Villages).This resulted in sale of 3,805 kgs of soya worth USD 2,462 and assorted grains worth USD 65,883.In addition, various innovative post-harvest technologies were introduced to the target farming community members.
Households were also trained on dietary diversification and establishment of kitchen gardens. This resulted in establishment of cottage industries by the women and youth for sale of soya related products.
FCI VISION : To have commercialized smallholder communities with increased incomes for improved, stabilized & sustainable livelihoods in Africa and beyond