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Pwani Commercial Villages for markets is a two-year programme funded by Tearfund UK and implemented by Farm Concern International, FCI, in partnership with Anglican Development Services (ADS) Pwani and A Rocha Kenya in Magarini and Ganze sub-Counties, Kilifi County. The goal of the programme is to systematically increase household incomes through enhanced commercialization and improved market access for green grams, cowpeas, and indigenous poultry value chains.

Summary

Pwani Commercial Villages for markets is a two-year programme funded by Tearfund UK and implemented by Farm Concern International, FCI, in partnership with Anglican Development Services (ADS) Pwani and A Rocha Kenya in Magarini and Ganze sub-Counties, Kilifi County. The goal of the programme is to systematically increase household incomes through enhanced commercialization and improved market access for green grams, cowpeas, and indigenous poultry value chains.

The programme was designed to expand market participation of 3,000 smallholders farming households from 10 Commercial Villages, 50 buyers, 15 business support service providers and impacting 18,000 beneficiaries through commercialization and market access by enhancing competitiveness of smallholder farmers and establishment of market-led trading blocs resulting in increased households’ incomes, increased savings and investments, increased purchasing and bargaining power, improved nutrition and food security and overall improvement of community livelihoods.

Success Stories

Smallholder farmer in Marinai Commercial village realizes 60% price increase through market linkages

Festus Katana is a smallholder farmer from Mariani commercial village who rears indigenous poultry. He has been practicing poultry farming for 5 years now, since 2012. However; due to inadequate market information his poultry fetched low prices. Most of his buyers were other villagers who bought chicken at very low prices ranging from Kshs 250 - Kshs 300. Through Farm Concern International (FCI) intervention of conducting village business forums under Pwani Commercial Villages for Markets programme, Mr. Festus was able to sell 15 indigenous chicken worth Kshs 6,000 at an average price of Kshs 400 benefiting from a 33% - 60% price increment. With the proceeds from this sale, Mr. Festus was able to buy food for his family and pay a balance of his child’s school fees. Read More

Trader in Majengo market earning thousands from indigenous poultry business

Mr. Leonardo Kioko a trader and chairman of Majengo indigenous poultry traders in Majengo market, the second largest market in Mombasa County does not hesitate to narrate how slowly but steadily he has risen above the odds and challenges as an indigenous poultry trader. Prior to being specifically a poultry trader, Kioko was an indigenous poultry farmer all his life. Kioko sources indigenous poultry from Magharini, Ganze, Kilifi North, Kilifi South and majorly from South coast (Kwale, Shimba hills, Lamu, Diani and Ukunda). Before the inception of Pwani Commercial Villages for Markets Programmme supported by Tearfund and implemented by FCI, Kioko had challenges getting constant supply of the right quality and quantity of indigenous poultry from his common sourcing areas of Ukambani, Lamu, Shimba Hills, Lamu. Read More

Farmer reaping thousands from cowpeas farming in Mariani Village, Ganze Sub-County of Kilifi County

Juma Fondo, a father of 10 children and married to one wife, was a well-known perennial maize and cowpeas subsistent farmer in his 1.5 acres farm. Before the introduction Pwani Commercial Villages for Markets Programmme supported by Tearfund and implemented by FCI, Fondo despite lacking knowledge on good agronomic practices for these crops and the poor yields, he could still work hard in his farm to earn him little money to sustain his daily domestic needs. He had spared half acre portion for cowpeas and planted M66 cowpeas variety which gave him an average yield of 150kgs every season and the rest of the remaining portion of farm was grown with maize. Read More

 

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