Our Work in Kenya
Rapid population growth in Kenya has increased the demand for food, yet access to nutritious food is limited. Adding animal protein such as poultry will not only help address food insecurity, it will help improve many people's diets.
As part of the government’s agricultural development strategy to improve food security while improving livelihoods, Hatching Hope Kenya is implementing the National Poultry Policy, which will provide support needed for programs that increase and sustain poultry production through improved practices and marketing to be successful.
Hatching Hope builds on the growing demand for poultry products in Kenya positioning smallholder farmers as key players within the poultry value chain, while alleviating malnutrition through the promotion and consumption of poultry.
In the first three years of implementation, Hatching Hope aims to improve the livelihoods of 40,000 households (180,000 people) in western Kenya by strengthening their production skills and business knowledge, building the capabilities and capacity of farmer groups, which will enable them to become profitable market actors as they are connected to sustainable markets. The project’s market systems approach promotes a farmer-focused shift in Kenya’s distributor value chain with the potential to reach an additional 27,000 individuals (6,000 households) in Nairobi, Nakuru, and Eldoret.
Increased production will result in improved access to nutritious poultry products for an additional one million people, improving the health and nutrition of farmers, their families and communities.
Hatching Hope will also increase awareness and education about poultry production and consumption for ten million people through school and community awareness campaigns, application development, and the media.
In 1981, Heifer International started work in Kenya, supporting a women's dairy group in the western part of the country. Today, Heifer Kenya is working with farmers to increase production and productivity by strengthening extension services and farmers' cooperatives. Its projects have supported more than 682,000 families to build sustainable livelihoods.
Hatching Hope in Kenya will build on existing relationships in the financial sector and in farmer groups, improving productivity, incomes and market connections for poultry farmers. It will also introduce poultry to other farming groups as a way to diversify their incomes.
Hatching Hope Kenya launched in June 2020.