We improve the family well-being in our communities through agro-economic development and environmental stewardship.
We promote farmer field schools to improve land and water management in the Western region of Kenya.
Agriculture is the backbone of Kenya’s economy and central to the Government of Kenya’s development strategy. Kenya’s agriculture sector employs more than 40% of the total population and more than 70% of Kenya’s rural people. It accounts both directly and indirectly for approximately 53% of Kenya’s gross domestic product.
Kenya’s population is growing by approximately 1 million people every year. Combined with stagnant agricultural productivity and limited arable land, this demographic growth possesses critical challenges to food security, thus 2 – 4 million people receive food aid annually. Only about 20% of Kenyan land is arable, yet maximum yields have not been reached in these areas, leaving considerable potential for increases in productivity. Most farmers work without basic agricultural inputs or updated technology and lack adequate financial or extension services.
CIVS Kenya responds to these challenges by implementing agriculture and environmental projects together with the vulnerable, rural communities mainly in Western Kenya. We strengthen the capacity of rural households, laborers, the landless, and also those communities affected by HIV/AIDS, enabling them to take control of their own development.
We train community members on the best practices in agriculture. We use innovative and participatory methods to create a learning environment, including learning networks. Beneficiaries have the opportunity to learn about particular crop production problems and ways to address them by using their own observations, discussions and participation in practical learning-by-doing field exercises. This approach enables farmers to investigate and overcome, a wider range of problems, including drought resilience crops, soil productivity improvement, conservation agriculture, control of surface runoff, water harvesting and improved irrigation.
The Center for International Voluntary Service (CIVS Kenya) is a Community Development Organization working with local marginalized communities in Kenya to support them in their development and fight the poverty through volunteering and community development programs.