Focal Area Development Committee (FADC)

Description

Low productivity and income, available market

Basic Information

Entry Point

Low productivity and income, available market

Commodities

  • Finger Millet

Country

Kenya

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

Active

Phase of Innovation Platform Progress

Phase 3

Innovations

Description of Innovations

Partners

Farmers

Private Sector

Policy Makers

Researchers

Extension

Micro Financing Institutions

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

Others

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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