Farming in groups, rather than independently, makes it easier to share knowledge and skills, access markets, funding and new technologies. It minimises cost of inputs such as fertilisers, extension services and automation.
KienyejiKenya Farmers Network Initiative supports over 10,000 members in defined geographic regions to integrate high value agricultural chains into poultry farming. The cluster members access information on best practices, training and markets
Kienyeji kenya Brand
KienyejiKenya Brand is a free-range poultry and agribusiness social enterprise and a knowledge management start-up which uses storytelling to foster learning in poultry, livestock and crop husbandry as well as entrepreneurial knowledge and skills
Kienyeji Kenya Mission
To promote, develop and grow small-scale farming enterprise in Kenya and the region using innovative market-based solutions.
To be a leading small-to-medium sized agro-enterprise in the region in 5 to 10 years
Drivers : KK initiative relies on four drivers to achieve its mission and vision: Organising farmers in clusters, deploying technology and innovation, improving food safety and yields
Mainstay Processes : To improve yields and efficiencies, KK supports and advocates farmers to apply science to practice in the following areas: Soil testing and amendment; using technology to microdose fertiliser, water and pesticides; using certified seeds, sharing mechanisation and direct-to-customer (Farm-to-Table) marketing outlets.
Support Processes (Partnerships): The initiative fosters partnerships to enable farmers access services and required inputs including: Fertiliser, certified seeds, soil testing, ploughing, manpower, Finance, insurance, extension services, land purchase or leases, technical support, crop and livestock insurance, fencing, training and drilling boreholes
Minimum Package of High Value Agricultural chains : Based on ecological, agronomic and market value, KK supports farmers to invest in the following agricultural value chains: milk, eggs, and meat; fruits and vegetables; roots, tubers and bananas; nuts and oil seeds; legume grains and cereals
Integrating poultry farming into agricultural value chains : Over 90 per cent of households in SAH rear chicken. A 2012 Kenya Ministry of Livestock report estimated a countrywide poultry population of 31 million, of which 75 and 22 per cent comprised indigenous chickens and broilers/ layers respectively. Cost of feeds is a limiting production factor but using local grains such as sorghum, cow peas, green grams, sunflower in making feeds can save between 30 and 50 per cent on commercial rations
The KiKe web Portal is a repository of latest information on best farming practices. The blog encourages discussions among the clusters and shared learning.
To encourage face-to-face interactions with farmers and build trust, KK participates in all ASK agricultural fairs across the country