Focal Area Development Committee (FADC)


Low productivity and income, available market

Basic Information

Entry Point

Low productivity and income, available market


  • Finger Millet



Location(s) of Innovation Platform in Kenya

  • Mumias

Participating States, Villages and Institutions

27 villages in Mayoni Sub-location

Date of Establishment

January 1st, 2007

Status of Innovation Platform


Phase of Innovation Platform Progress

Phase 3


Description of Innovations



Private Sector

Policy Makers



Micro Financing Institutions

Farmers (Monthly contributions), MOALF, KALRO (MacKnight foundation), Seed Companies (contracts), Njaa Marufuku (proposal), Financial institutions


Total Number of Stakeholders

0 - 10

Opportunities Addressed

Available market for finger millet, value added products, use of finger millet by-products for dairy and poultry keeping

Achievements to Date

  • Every member of the IP has been empowered to do something alongside the finger millet production – each of the 16 members has at least one dairy cow
  • They have joined with three other groups from four different counties (Bungoma, Buisa, Kakamega and Siaya) and formed the Magharibi Kilimo Biashara Organization where they share ideas on marketing; production and agribusiness.
  • An Investor (NIRAF) has been attracted to set up a factory to mill finger millets (The Magharibi Kilimo Biashara will be the main suppliers of the raw finger millet
  • Collectively buying fertilizer and loaning it to members interest-free
  • Yield of finger millet has greatly increased from 100kg/ha to 2-3 metric tons per ha
  • Pool the finger millet and negotiate for a higher price.

Challenges Remaining

  • Leadership challenges
  • Financing Challenges
  • Marketing challenges

Sustainability Issues

Sustainable – Management and funding of the IP has transitioned from initiators to the central players; have diversified VCs and funding sources

Innovation Platform Members

Dr Chrispus Oduori
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