Family Care International (FCI), International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and the KEMRI/CDC Research and Public Health Collaboration 2014
Across the developing world, a woman dies every two minutes from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Improving maternal health is widely acknowledged as a global public health priority and an urgent social justice and human rights issue. However, Kenya and other developing countries, continue to have a high maternal mortality ratio despite commitment from the government to address the issue.
Agriculture is a critical driver of economic growth in Kenya, contributing nearly a fourth of the country’s gross domestic product and employing close to eighty percent of the rural population. Recognizing the importance of this sector, the Government of Kenya and development organizations have made commitments to improve agricultural productivity through policy, legal and regulatory reforms laid out in the government’s Agricultural Sector Development Strategy.
Meet Janet Wamalwa
ICRW Communications Staff
Simple, diverse farming techniques help mother of five in Kenya curb hunger and earn an income.
VILLAGE OF MUYAFWA, Kenya - Much of Janet Wamalwa's one-acre farm plot lay bare and difficult to cultivate. Like many areas of sub-Saharan Africa, her land in Muyafwa, a village in western Kenya, was plagued by soil erosion and low productivity. And for a subsistence farmer like 32-year-old Janet, when her crops don't grow, her family doesn't eat.
Kenyan Women Farmers and Agricultural Experts Share Needs, Successes with ICRW
Women farmers in Kenya are hungry for innovative, concrete business ideas. They need more access to credit, training, technical assistance and resources such as fertilizer and seeds. And they're eager to learn practical ways to invest their savings.
That's just some of what experts from the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) heard from Kenyan women farmers, the organizations that work with them and local technical experts during a recent visit to Nairobi.