FAO in Kenya

FAO Programme in Kenya


FAO’s vision is “a Kenya free from hunger and malnutrition, where food and agriculture help to improve the living standards of all, especially the poorest, in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner”.

For the period 2018 to 2022, the Country Programming Framework (CPF) 2018-2022 and Kenya United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) guide FAO to respond to Kenya’s national development priorities. These are set out by the Big Four Transformative Agenda and the national development blueprint, Vision 2030. The implementation of both frameworks is in line with Kenya’s Medium-Term Plan (MTP III), 2018-2022.

UNDAF 2018-2022

The Government of Kenya and the UN have agreed on three long-term strategic priorities of the UN, towards realization of SDG’s, Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the Big Four agenda: (I) Transformative governance for an empowered nation, (II) Equitable social and human capital development for a healthy nation, and iii) Inclusive and sustainable growth for a productive nation. FAO provides technical leadership in the implementation of the third strategic priority. This priority envisages the Agenda 2030 overarching principle, leaving no one behind, possible through structural transformation of the Kenyan economy to attain sustainable and inclusive growth that is increasingly resilient, green, diversified, competitive and creating decent jobs and providing quality livelihoods for all.

CPF 2018-2022

FAO’s Programme work in Kenya for this period is divided into four sub-Programmes embodied in the Country Programming Framework (CPF): (I) developing an Enabling Policy and Investment Environment, (II) strengthening Inclusive Value Chains (III) increasing Resilient Food and Livelihood Systems and (IV) improving Governance of Natural Resources. Our Technical support to Kenya’s objective, “to achieve 100% Food and Nutrition Security by 2022”, leverages on our core functions to achieve concrete results, while fully integrating our cross-cutting themes of gender, governance, nutrition, migration and climate change impacts.

CPF Priority Area 1: Strengthening an enabling policy and investment environment for food and nutrition security and sustainable agricultural development.

FAO will support the government to provide an enabling environment for the transformation and growth of agriculture sector under the devolved system. It will address gaps in the policy and legislative environment arising from the decentralization of agricultural functions from the national to the county levels of government. This will be realized through the following areas of intervention:


  1. Supporting policy and strategy formulation and implementation at national and county level;
  2. Working with partners to increase investment in agricultural sub-sectors;
  3. Strengthening agriculture statistics, market information systems and the national knowledge management framework and
  4. Contributing to enhanced inter-governmental coordination mechanisms.




CPF Priority Area 2: Strengthening Inclusive Value Chains.

FAO in partnership with stakeholders will contribute to achieving sustainable and efficient agricultural and food systems, through inclusive agribusiness and value chain development. This will be realized by establishing strong partnerships with public and private sector players to attract investment into these value chains. Priority will go towards women and youth in agribusiness.

  1.  Supporting the expansion of selected value chains for decent employment creation particularly for women and youth;
  2. Strengthening the entrepreneurship capacities of agri-value chain actors to increase the number of fledgling businesses or small and medium agricultural enterprises that become successful. Capacity strengthening approaches will consider the role of migration in employment creation and its potential for remittances, and the opportunities for the inclusion of migrants to contribute to the growth of local economies;
  3.  Increasing production and productivity along livestock value chain: FAO’s support will go towards the control and eradication of important livestock diseases, creation of sustainable livestock management systems, empowerment of producer cooperatives, providing linkages to markets and addressing the use of antimicrobials to restrict the development of resistance. FAO will also support the government to develop a livestock masterplan, ensure adequate feed for livestock, establish a national livestock feed balance sheet, and advocate for commercialization of animal feed production.

CPF Priority Area 3: Increasing the resilience of food and livelihood systems.

FAO will contribute to the Ending Drought Emergencies (EDE) initiative in Kenya - an initiative under IGAD’s Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) through the following outputs:

Strengthen institutional capacities (at national, county and community level) for early warning, preparedness and rapid response to threats and crises;

  1. Support the government of Kenya to improve food safety and reduce post-harvest losses and food waste;
  2. Enhance Kenya’s climate change mitigation and adaptation capacity by, strengthening institutional and technical capacities for climate risk management in the agriculture sub-sectors,  improving the integration of food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries within the national climate agenda and support to the implementation of the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy and the National Climate Change Action Plan 2018- 2022);
  3. Improve access to clean certified seed across the country. FAO will work with the research organizations, the private sector and producer organizations to develop a coherent, conducive legal, regulatory, and institutional framework for plant seeds, animal breeds, and fingerlings production, multiplication, distribution, and marketing and 
  4. Strengthen stakeholder capacities for nutrition-sensitive production and promote coherence between nutrition sensitive agriculture and shock responsive social protection.

CPF Priority Area 4: Improving natural resources governance.

FAO will complement Governments’ efforts towards achieving sustainable governance of natural resources by supporting institutions capacities and supporting the development of environmentally sound livelihood initiatives for local communities.

This will be achieved through:

  1. Improving equitable access to land and security of tenure by strengthening capacities of national and county institutions to implement ongoing land reforms with a focus on gender issues;
  2. Promoting the sustainable management and use of forests, rangeland landscapes and associated bio-enterprises. FAO will support market-based bio-enterprises that provide decent employment opportunities, particularly for youth, but also promote conservation and restoration of natural resources;
  3. Enhancing efficient management and use of water for in the agricultural sector. FAO will support the development of a legal framework on irrigation management and regulation while working with communities by establishing and strengthening Water Resource User Associations (WRUAs), and enhancing the role of women in water governance.
  4. Strengthening the role of Blue Economy in Kenya’s development by providing support in fostering investment in both inland and off shore capture fisheries, as well as mariculture and aquaculture.  
  5. Supporting the government to enforce responsible use of agro-chemicals in agricultural production systems. FAO will develop strategies and review implementation plans which are aligned with relevant international treaties on agro-chemicals strengthening the capacities of relevant institutions to monitor and manage the use and disposal of agro-chemical waste.