Although agriculture is a mainstay in Kenya, at least 2.55 million Kenyans face serious food insecurity. Most Kenyans subsist on diets based on staple foods, like maize, which are insufficient in nutritional diversity. Malnutrition persists, with 26 per cent of children under the age of five being stunted.
In Kenya, small-scale farmers are the most important producers of agricultural commodities, and the SD4All programme supports them in diversifying their production and translating this to diets amongst rural and urban consumers. Only 20% of seeds are supplied by the formal seed sector, with most seeds being saved, re-used and exchanged by farmers. There is a strong network of women involved in seed and information exchange.
We also work with small and medium enterprises (SME) to increase access to diverse and nutritious foods. The programme integrates multi-stakeholder processes and policy influencing approaches. In particular, we stimulate youth, which account for 32 per cent of Kenya's population, to get involved in the agri-food system.