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The Context of EMEDEN Kenya Farmers

In Africa, smallholder farmers produce over 75 percent of agricultural output, but their survival is impeded by key challenges ranging from land tenure, access rights, land management; credit access; access to input and output markets; infrastructure; extension services; institutional problems; climate change and food security. About 80% of Kenya’s land mass is classified as arid and semi-arid that is home to about 10 million Kenyans of which 70% of them live below the poverty line. The land mass is subject to frequent droughts exasperated by climate change. Regardless, for Kenya to achieve agricultural transformation and socio-economic improvement it needs to increase productivity in these areas. According to World Bank Development Report agriculturally driven GDP growth is approximately four times as effective in poverty reduction as that from other economic sectors.

WHAT WE DO

EMEDEN Kenya Farmers exists to serve the interests of the smallholder farmers by giving them a strategic platform to organize themselves and connect to markets for increased value to themselves. EMEDEN offers farmers the power of community. A community working together to help sustain our livelihood and the livelihood of others. As a community there is strength in our unity and power in our voice. The EMEDEN solution solves the challenges faced by smallholder farmers as a result of being “small”. The ‘smallness’ of smallholder farmers brings market access challenges for farm inputs and farm produce including access to top notch training, extension and technology for sustainable agriculture EMEDEN has successfully created a Platform for farmers by developing the EMEDEN App, which is an Online One Stop Shop Platform for farmers to come together to use their numbers for leverage in the marketplace. EMEDEN, seeks to minimize challenges faced by smallholder farmers by offering them a fair platform to engage with the market while getting opportunities to build their technical as well as financial capacities for sustainable agriculture and sustainable livelihoods. The uniqueness of the EMEDEN Model lies in its ability to provide a whole round, whole value chain solution to a smallholder farmer’s needs. It is an integrated model that that links farmers to market both for farm inputs and farm produce. It also facilitates capacity building for sustainable agriculture including financial capacity.

Vision Statement

Empowered smallholder farmers engaged in sustainable agriculture for sustainable livelihoods

Mission statement

To work for smallholder farmers for sustainable livelihoods

Objectives

The EMEDEN Farmers Platform is the most preferred value adding platform for smallholder farmers in Kenya to increase their incomes and practice sustainable agriculture

Motivation

The motivation for solving these problems is rooted in the upbringing of the founder born and raised in the rural areas, where livelihoods revolved around farming. Experiencing firsthand the challenges facing peasant farmers by watching their daily struggles as they worked on their small farms. The result is that they worked so hard on their farms but got very little in return and so were poor and unable to meet basic needs such as food, proper shelter and education.

Core Values

POTENTIAL- All people are created with potential to succeed in whatever they aspire to do and our natural environment regardless of its nature and climatic conditions is well endowed to produce and help support livelihoods.

UNITY - Unity is strength, in it, poor people can overcome poverty.

RESPECT - Respect for self, fellow human beings and our natural environment is the key to development.

EDUCATION Learning is a continuous lifetime activity that enables people to maximize their potential.

The Model: How it works

Model

Mission statement

To work for smallholder farmers for sustainable livelihoods

Farm Produce Shop

Are you a food consumer looking to purchase beautifully fresh produce directly from local farmers? The EMEDEN supply chain sources all farm-produce directly from a network of small-scale sustainable farmers, with the result that the produce is fresh, traceable and of a high quality. Purchase them online and have them delivered to your doorstep

Farm Input Shop

Are you a farmer, looking for Fertilizers? Pesticides? Herbicides? Fungicides? Foliar Feeds? Tomato Seed? Ascarides? Dairy Supplements? Livestock feeds? Poultry feeds? Poultry protection? etc EMEDEN Farm Input Online Shop has it all! Farmers can search to find any farm input in Kenya and purchase online and have it delivered to your farm gate. It is a fast, accurate and localized farm input purchasing system that ensures farmers purchase directly from the Input companies for a fair price and delivered within the shortest time to their farm gate. Payment is hassle-free made on delivery. Inputs listed include fertilizers, foliar feeds, lime, gypsum, herbicides, crop protection such as pesticides and fungicides, soil conditioners, livestock health, poultry health, seeds, greenhouses, beekeeping equipment, irrigation equipment and many more.

Training and Extension on best agronomic practices for sustainable agriculture

EMEDEN Kenya Farmers offers farmers the power of community. A community working together to help sustain our livelihood and the livelihood of others. As a community there is strength in our unity and power in our voice. Many small-scale farmers in Kenya have access to land but don’t have the skills they need to farm it sustainably. Farmers enrolled on EMEDEN Kenya Farmers platform gain access to capacity building services through provision of training, extension, and technology transfer. We promote the adoption of climate SMART agriculture, agroforestry, rainwater harvesting technologies, bee keeping and agribusiness for agroforestry and bee value added products. We offer highly technical agronomic and livestock production training to farmers in areas such as management soil fertility, crop nutrition and protection, livestock nutrition and protection, poultry nutrition and protection, biological and crop protection, proper use of agrochemicals and fertilizers. Others include: