HiFarm Project


HiFarm Project

To enhance productivity gains on existing farmland, improve yield estimation, and bolster risk management based on current levels of biomass, farm size, and cropping systems, the eco business Fund Development Facility Sub Saharan Africa (EBF SSA DF) and Export Trading Group (ETG) piloted a data-driven agricultural intensification project that informed climate-resilient strategies in agriculture and promoted climate-smart production practices among ETG’s farmers in Kenya. This was done by integrating the use of data analytics into ETG Kenya’s input supply and commodity sourcing plans for maize, coffee, and tea involving 20 lead farmers from each value chain in four counties in Kenya: Nakuru (maize), Kiambu (coffee), Embu (coffee) and Limuru (tea).

The project incorporated a unique blend of technology and expertise, utilising drones equipped with multispectral cameras, nutritional advisory services, climate-smart inputs, and comprehensive farmer training and coaching. Local partners included coffee estates, small-scale maize farmers, and tea grower associations.

Despite facing challenges such as unseasonal rains and COVID-19 restrictions, the project achieved notable outcomes. For Nakuru, Limuru and Embu a significant increase in total seasonal yield was noted. This indicates that the improved fertilizer inputs and farm management practices have increased the agricultural productivity of the farmers in the districts. Most farmers indicated realistic numbers and mentioned the positive impact the project had on their productivity, with results ranging between +23 and +38% increase in agricultural productivity.

Overall, the agricultural analysis showed the positive impact the HiFarm service had on the production of lead farmers. The information acquired by this project can be extrapolated to surrounding farmers to improve agricultural production in the surrounding areas. Through the pilot, the combination of nutritional analyses with crop stress maps from flying sensors was found to be scalable in Kenya.

Agricultural Productivity: Enhance agricultural productivity through sustainable and climate-smart practices, improved access to quality seeds, fertilisers, and modern technologies, and training for small-scale farmers. b. Irrigation and Water Management: Promote water conservation techniques, efficient irrigation systems, and integrated water resource management to ensure a reliable water supply for agriculture. c. Diversification: Encourage crop diversification to enhance food availability and household nutrition by promoting the cultivation of smart food crops and high-value crops for increased income generation. d. Storage and Distribution: Strengthen post-harvest management and improve storage infrastructure to reduce household food losses; and promote efficient aggregation systems for improved inputs distribution and access to markets. e. Market Linkages & Financial Services: Support the establishment or farmer cooperatives/ organisations for effective produce aggregation and market linkages, and provide technical assistance to enable small-scale producers to access domestic and international markets and financial services, fostering income generation and economic growth. f. Skills Training and Capacity Building: Facilitate agronomic training, entrepreneurship development, and business management skills to enhance the capacity of smallholder farmers and communities to generate sustainable incomes.
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