Promoting nutrition-sensitive agriculture
Agri-nutrition is a key area for FtMA. We aim to sensitize and enable small- scale farmers produce and consume nutritious foods. Our specific objectives include:
FtMA is leading the efforts in encouraging the production of nutritious crops, linking farmers’ produce with millers and processors, and using capacity development efforts as a platform for nutrition education and awareness-raising.
In Kenya, FtMA identified High Iron Beans as priority items in the food value chain introduced in 2021. The High Iron Beans are also a good rotation crop, replacing maize, which is grown by majority of farmers. If grown commercially, they are steady income earners.
Promoting climate smart agriculture
Food availability, diversity, access and safety are being affected by climate shocks and stresses.
Encouraging crop diversification and the planting of indigenous foods can help reduce emissions, optimize land and water use, increase biodiversity and require less pesticides.
FtMA has partnered with the Participatory Approaches for Integrated Development (PAFID) to train small scale farmers on Conservation Agriculture (CA).
Across the four countries,165,538 farmers have been trained on conservation agriculture techniques which has resulted in an increase of the amount of land that is planted using these techniques.
Access to climate information — by training farmers to measure, record and disseminate rainfall data— helps them to make the right decision on what crops to plant and when.
FtMA has through the award-winning television programme: ‘Shamba Shape Up’ focused on climate change adaptation and promotion of good agronomic practices. All these improve resilience and increase market access among smallholder farmers.