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Kenya

Ripple Effect has been working in Kenya since 1996 and has had a huge impact on thousands of the poorest families.

We work in the underdeveloped Western Province of the country – which is a world apart from its better known beaches and safari parks.

Kenya's population has tripled in the last 35 years putting pressure on the country's resources and leaving its youth particularly vulnerable. The impact of climate change is having a devastating effect on farmers in Kenya. Unpredictable rains and droughts are damaging crop cycles and pushing the price of food up. Insect pests and parasitic weeds also have a damaging effect on crop yields.

More than three quarters of the population live in rural areas, relying on agriculture for food and income. But, the unpredictable climate means families are going without food, with many slipping deeper into poverty. Although 42 million people work in agriculture, only 10% of the land is arable.

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The challenges and opportunities for Ripple Effect Kenya

1. 80% of our population depends on agriculture

As agriculture employs such a large percentage of our population, contributing 25-30% of GDP the economy is highly vulnerable to climate variability. We are highly dependent on climate sensitive sectors including agriculture, water, energy, forestry and tourism.

Ripple Effect Kenya works with communities to regenerate and protect their natural environment as well as build resilience to climate change risks.

2. Over 19 million Kenyans (approximately 40% of the population) drink water from unimproved sources

Rivers are the most general supply of Kenya’s drinking water, but they are unreliable, both in quantity and quality. This is especially true in arid climates and during drought where incidences of water borne diseases are increased along with the financial burden of treatment.

Ripple Effect Kenya works to enable communities to access safe water through community initiatives that establish water user committees and protect springs.

3. 62% of the national wealth is controlled by less than 10,000 people

There remains a high level of poverty and exclusion despite a decline in our countries poverty rate, with a concentration of economic power among the rich. Poverty rates remain above 70% in remote, arid and sparsely populated north-eastern parts of the country. People are excluded from opportunities because of gender, disability or ethnicity. If not addressed, this inequality will result in over 2.9 million more people living in extreme poverty in the next 5 years.

Our impact

98% of families are now food secure after our projects in Busia and Bungoma

80% of families now live above the poverty line after our projects in Busia and Bungoma

77% of women fully involved in decisions about crops to be grown: up from 23%

50% fewer people are using untreated water after our project in Kakrao Migori county

*Project reports compiled before June 2022 refer to our organisation’s previous name Send a Cow Kenya.

Where we are working

Improving Nutrition and livelihoods for children and mothers in Nambale, Western Kenya

Improved Equine Welfare for Sustainable Livelihoods - Kaptama

Donkeys are traditionally treated poorly and are low on the pecking order in some parts of Kenya. They are often overworked and undernourished, meaning they are unhealthy and unproductive.

Enterprising Migori

This 4-year project, starting in 2020, will consolidate the gains made in the Kakrao Sustainable Livelihoods Project, expanding our reach to cover more vulnerable families in the nearby ward of West Kanyamkago as well as deepening our impact in the Kakrao project area.

Grass to Cash | May 2022 - April 2025

In partnership with Ripple Effect and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) farmers in Kakamega county are trialling the most appropriate grass species for the environment, learning about forage preservation and marketing their grass products.

Amaranth Value Chain | May 2022 - April 2024

Introducing new varieties of wholegrain amaranth from Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) to farmer co-operatives in Migori. People living with HIV in particular will benefit from the nutritious grain, as well as improved incomes from sales of produce.

How our work supports Kenya’s sustainable development goals and national targets

Kenya’s Medium Term Plan 3, building towards Kenya Vision 2030 includes a focus on:

Ensuring 100% universal health coverage

Our key projects have a strong health focus, including through partnerships such as community based health Insurance.

Ensuring 100% food and nutrition security

We are prioritising poverty alleviation in western Kenya, while expanding into semi-arid areas where poverty rates can be as high as 70%. Our core work will grow and strengthen the capacity of Peer Farmer Trainers to build specialist knowledge in sustainable crop-livestock and vegetable farming systems.

In addition...

  • Our climate change strategies address the national climate response strategy. We undertake disaster risk reduction assessments for all projects and promote climate change adaptation technologies including early warning systems and use of indigenous knowledge.
  • We encourage local enterprise development by promoting small farm enterprises, supporting savings and loaning groups, cluster level associations and cooperatives.
  • Our projects ensure equal opportunities for all community members, particularly women, youth, people with disabilities and marginalised groups.

Our partnerships

Talk to us

  • Titus

    Titus Sagala

    Country Director

    Please speak to me about opportunities for collaboration on programme delivery and partnership, and any media queries.

  • Alfred Juma

    Programme & Partnership Support Manager

    Please speak to me about programme delivery and partnership opportunities

For anything else please contact programmes@rippleeffect.org and we will reply to you promptly.