The AgriFI Programme

about the agrifi programme

AgriFI (Agricultural Finance Initiative) is a European Union backed programme to help Kenya’s smallholder farmers and pastoralists supply Kenyan and export markets with high-value products.

The Programme has the objective to achieve productive, adapted and market integrated smallholder agriculture with an aim to reduce the national food deficit and improve agriculture sector competitiveness in Kenya. The overall project amount is 45 million Euro complemented by contributions by SlovakAid (2.4 million Euro) and KALRO (1.5 million Euro).

The European Investment Bank  leverages the programme with a €50m credit facility available to SMEs for matchfunding.

Components of the agrifi programme

Component 1 – AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund

This component aims to improve the capacity of smallholders to practice environmentally sustainable/climate smart agriculture as a business in market-integrated value chain on functional and equitable terms.

The AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund does this through the provision of financial support worth EUR 18,000,000 to agri-enterprises. To date, the Fund has supported 8 agri-enterprises.

This component is implemented by Self Help Africa in the AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund.

Component 2 & 3 – AgriFI Food Safety

Component 2 of the AgriFI Programme aims to strengthen the capacities of value chain actors through Agricultural, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET) model while Component 3
aims to increase the capacity of private sector & County Governments to implement and enforce standards on animal health, food safety and plant health.

Components 2 and 3 are implemented by MESPT, through the Royal Danish Embassy -DANIDA  in a programme dubbed “Strengthening Food Safety Systems for Value Chain Competitiveness.” Read more.

Component 4 – AgriFI climate smart agricultural productivity project

Component 4 of the AgriFI Programme seeks to strengthen productive, climate change adapted and market integrated smallholder agriculture aiming to reduce the national food deficit and improve agriculture sector competitiveness.

This component is implemented by KALRO. Read more