Food Security is a top priority of every society. Sustainable food security has been a key issue of concern in the developing countries and particularly in Africa. Half of the hungry worldwide and three-quarters in Africa are smallholder farming, households are unable to grow or buy enough food to meet the family requirements.
70% to 80% of Kenyans derive their livelihoods from agriculture, which is crucial to combating poverty and stimulating sustained economic growth. Climate change and the recent surge in food and energy prices have raised the need for increased attention to agriculture. The low productivity of Agriculture is caused by the use of inappropriate technologies, inaccessible farm inputs, weak extension support services and over-reliance on rain-fed agriculture. Poor nutrition is an obstacle to progress: It increases susceptibility to disease, hinders learning, and leaves a person weak, unable to work, and incapable of meeting family needs. This break in self-reliance inhibits developing economies and creates poverty.
FSK is working together with other collaborators to break the traditions that Kenyans have lived in for years. In this regard, FSK focuses on agriculture to foster economic development of smallholder farmers, marginalized households, and communities to ensure access to sufficient food at all times. FSK undertakes a comprehensive training on, Food Production, Food accessibility, Food Utilization Asset creation as well as providing seasonal credit to improve productivity. To achieve this objective FSK is using the value chain development and extension Model(VES).
FSK is promoting traditional high-value crops that include cassava, sweet potatoes, Dolichols, Lima beans, cowpeas, pigeon pea, chickpea, green grams, pumpkins, beans KAT 56, millet, sorghum and pearl millet.
50,000 farmers have been reached where 90% are food secure through the provision of extension services and farm inputs.