The AgriFI Kenya Challenge Fund is a € 18,000,000 initiative by the European Union to support productive and market-integrated smallholder agriculture through the provision of financial support to agri-enterprises. The aim is to contribute to improvements in the capacity of smallholder farmers/pastoralists to practise environmentally sustainable and climate-smart agriculture as a business in inclusive value chains. The Challenge Fund is part of the wider AgriFI programme in a financing agreement between the European Commission and the Government of Kenya under the 11th EDF signed in 2017 to unlock, accelerate and leverage investments within value chains.

Three years after launching the programme, a series of case studies have been commissioned to extend key lessons and recommendations from review and analysis of AgriFI grantees. They build upon a previous research phase which explored high priority impact areas including nutritionclimate smart agriculture and support for SME’s in arid regions with a view to supporting effective design, targeting and implementation of the Challenge Fund. These case studies have been compiled by the Imani team to test some of the logic and understanding of that research, illustrating effective strategies, issues of concern, and areas with potential for increasing positive impacts.

This week’s case study showcases, how AgriFI is supporting Paves Vetagro Limited (Paves) to address challenges associated with quality agrovet input provision, cold chain supply, and climate-induced insecurity in Kenya’s remote arid and semi-arid regions. Paves is an animal health and agriculture input supplier, operating mainly in West Pokot and Turkana counties of northwest Kenya. With funding from AgriFI Kenya, the company has set up two additional agrovet input distribution and training centres, in Konyao and Ortum.

Read or download the case study here