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Kenya News

Latest news from and about our work in Kenya.

Challenge Yourself and Help Change Lives

New for 2014 – a range of challenges with one common goal – helping to support African families escape hunger and poverty for good.

With challenges from walking Hadrian's Wall or cycling London at night, to extreme rafting on the Zambezi, whatever your interest, where ever you are and whatever your ability, there is a challenge for everyone.

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Progress for Africa

Africa’s smallholder farmers have a vital role to play in the continent’s future economic growth and development, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said at the launch of the annual Africa Progress Panel (APP) Report, this week.

The 2014 report reinforces Self Help Africa’s belief that small-scale farming communities are the key to ending hunger and poverty in the region.

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Africa - A story of change & transformation

'Africa - A story of change & transformation' is a new video that explains why Self Help Africa works in the way that it does.

It seeks to illustrate the enormous importance of agriculture to people in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, and how our work is supporting rural poor communities to grow more, earn more, and build better lives for their families.

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Celebrate Africa's enterprising women

As International Women's Day is marked across the globe this weekend,  we invite you to join us in celebrating women across Africa.

These include the hard-working farmers who are increasing their income on small farms, the entrepreneurial small-scale business women creating their own on and off-farm enterprises, and the dynamic women's groups who are working together to improve their lives and those of their families.

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Goat scheme feeding many mouths

Supporting and feeding a family in Kenya’s Rift Valley is difficult for many – producing the food required to feed a community of orphans greatly increases the challenge.

But that is what the Imani New Step group in Kamathata village near Nakuru are doing, and their task has been made far easier as a result of the agricultural support provided by Self Help Africa.

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Farmers of the future

School gardening is a time-tabled activity for the children attending Siamatika Primary School in Southern Zambia.

And why not? – virtually all of the kids in the 510 pupil school come from farming backgrounds, and those that don’t usually have some land at home where their family grow maize and other crops.

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Jersey Overseas Aid Commission support

Close to 20,000 rural poor farmers across Africa will receive training and enterprise support following a decision by the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission (JOAC) to back three new Self Help Africa projects.

JOAC has awarded almost £400,000 for development projects in in Togo, Kenya and Malawi. This follows earlier JOAC grants to Self Help Africa work in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia.

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Farm Equality

Agricultural development programmes that succeed in achieving a fair share of resources for women will see food production and profits increase by up to 20%.

That's according to Self Help Africa's inclusion advisor Mary Sweeney, who is developing systems to fully integrate gender equality into development projects across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Our view: Progress for Africa

The vital role that small-scale farming communities have to play in that continent’s future economic growth and development is important to acknowledge.

It is heartening therefore that this week’s report from the Africa Progress Panel (APP) should expressly focus on the role of small-scale farmers in the future of Africa.

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