This project will support 220 small holder farmers directly and 1100 indirectly, especially women and youth to have sustainable livelihoods through facilitating formation of a poultry cooperative and specialized business development services. The project will run for a period of 6 months in a rural town named Sotik in Bomet County, Kenya, and will enable them to generate higher incomes, with up to a 30% increase in income .
80% of Kenya's economy is anchored on agriculture. However smallholder farmers face challenges from poor market prices, exploitation by middle men, high priced inputs, and lack of access to credit services which further impoverishes them. This discourages farmers from production since there is little or no profit leading to a deficit in the country's food basket thus high food prices. It discourages young people from engaging in agriculture since they see no economic benefit from it.
HiH EA work with the 220 small holder farmers by providing business development services: technical training in poultry production, support and mentorship in forming a cooperative and training in setting up a savings scheme.Thus the farmers will enjoy economies of scale in buying inputs, stronger negotiation power especially when marketing and pooling of resources to enable them access credit services which attributes to higher incomes and enterprise sustainability
The farmers will have collective bargaining agreements for their poultry. They will have a strong farmer owned cooperative to advocate for their rights in the poultry value chain.They will also have improved living standards through increased incomes, improved and diversified nutrition and will be able to easily afford basic needs.