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Farming the future. Sustainable value chains in agriculture for ASAL (arid and semi-arid lands) in Kenya.




Aid type

Project-type interventions




€ 1,171,376
€ 1,171,376


Through an holistic approach originating from Permaculture Principles, the project aims at increasing agricultural production and profitability of business activities for 11 target groups (770 direct beneficiaries), improving in this way the economic conditions of the agro-pastoral groups of Laikipia North, and encouraging the resilience of the communities in the arid and semi-arid areas of Laikipia County.The main actions concern the training and supply of equipment for agriculture, access to water for four communities, support to supply chains suitable for dry climates (honey, aloe, opuntia) and strengthening the tourism sector. All actions are anchored on environmentally friendly methods and principles to have a positive impact in mitigating desertification and encourage the protection of local natural resources. The transformation of opuntia stricta, in particular, is a suitable methodology to contain the propagation of this intrusive plant species, which diffusion in the area represents a threat to the community, causing injuries to people, as well to both domestic and wild animals. Due to ulcerations caused by the spines when animals feed on it, Opuntia stricta cause the death of Maasai population's livestock which is the main economic activity hence, raising the poverty levels of the already poor indigenous communities in Laikipia. read more close
Year Committed Used
2022 € 0 € 314,289
2021 € 0 € 354,822
2019 € 1,171,376 € 502,264


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 11000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IDXM-DAC-6-4-011886-01-1
  • CRS Activity identifier2019000266
  • Planned start 2019/09/01
  • Planned End 2022/08/31
  • Actual start 2019/09/19
  • Actual end -
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Finalisation
  • Tied status Untied


  • 31165 - Agricultural alternative development 30.0%
  • 32161 - Agro-industries 30.0%
  • 43040 - Rural development 40.0%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Disability not targeted
  • Aid to Environment significant objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance significant objective
  • Trade Development principal objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification significant objective
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 2.3 - By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
  • 2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality