Farming Systems Kenya is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that was established in 1981 through the initiative of the Nakuru Lay People Fellowship (NLPF) of the Africa Inland Church, Nakuru Regional Church Council. The main agenda was to reduce poverty through agricultural development, focusing on smallholder farmers who constitute 80% of the Kenyan farming community. FSK targets the rural subsistence farmers who to a great extent lack the relevant knowledge, skills and opportunities to improve their productivity and market their products. FSK works with rural farmers’ self-help groups, providing them with technical advice, extension and affordable credit for crop and livestock enterprises.
Being a key player in the agricultural sector is well aware of its special place in the lives of the smallholder farming communities and their expectation for leadership in orienting agriculture to overcome existing and potential challenges in the Country by equipping subsistence farmers with knowledge and skills that accelerate the transformation from subsistence to commercial farming through transfer of innovative technologies from research institutions, enhancing social enterprise development, provision of extension and community development services all these being delivered to the farmers through the Value Extension Service (VES) model which is a development model that promotes the Value Chain approach in all the value chains that intervenes on.
Over the years, FSK has implemented many programs in agriculture and agribusiness, environment and natural resource development, water and microenterprise development. This has been possible through partnerships, collaborations and linkages with various development agencies. These have been implemented by adopting a holistic approach to project implementation which enabled FSK to achieve great milestones. With over 38 years of experience working with smallholder farmers, agro-pastoralists and pastoralists in the high potential areas as well as arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) areas of Kenya. The organization currently works in 7 Counties which include Nakuru, Baringo, Narok, Laikipia, Kakamega, Bomet and West Pokot.
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Our Vision is to develop a vibrant, profitable and sustainable farming community in Kenya.
Our Mission is to facilitate the transformation of the farming community into entrepreneurs through innovative technology transfer.
Carry out agricultural activities in a value based culture, acknowledging that land is given to us by God and must be utilized sustainably, appreciating that it is on loan to us by the future generation and must be utilized in a profitable and sustainable manner
Being a Christian organization, FSK will seek to bring love and care to a suffering world by proclaiming HIM, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ (Colossians 1:28).
The Organization has expertise in various academic fields. FSK will do its work to established and recognized standards (tried and tested ways) carefully considering good practices.
FSK will undertake responsible care and utilization of all resources entrusted to it and also teach others to do the same
FSK respects the wisdom, traditional knowledge and cultural practices of the clientele and build upon this to promote change and development.
FSK will strive to come up with new, resourceful and viable ideas and technologies that are responsive to change.