To improve the economic resilience of 7,000 households in Gwassi Hills (Kenya), Help a Child is implementing the Gwassi Integrated Community Empowerment Program (GICEP). The program supports the social and agri-business development of the region and is carried out in close cooperation with Undugu Society of Kenya, Farm Africa and private partners Escope Ltd and Western Fresh Industries Ltd (Wefi).

David tells how his family benefits from the 'Economic Resilience' project (video 01:40):

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This agri-business project brings together different stakeholders to address the shortcomings within the markets and agricultural value chains in Gwassi. This is expected to contribute to an increase in household incomes and improve food security in the region.

The GICEP was initiated in 2014 and in 2016 the economic component began with economic feasibility studies for 15 commodities. Based on the results of the feasibility studies sunflowers and green grams have been identified as promising commodities for agri-business development in the area. We will also be supporting the development of value chains for maize and beans.

These commodities were chosen based on a set of criteria that include the following key aspects: a) risk assessment of business failure, b) inclusion of small scale farmers in business operations, c) contribution to integrated climate smart farming systems and d) financial impact at the household level.

In the next phase of the project we developed business cases to support the selected companies, Wefi and Escope for sunflower and green grams respectively. Supporting these companies is vital. They will serve as links to improved markets, implement operational models of scale, and provide services to smallholders such as extension services and support in organization and logistics (warehousing) for the supply of quality seeds.

Moreover, a network of agro-dealers will be established to link quality distributors. This network will help develop input supply chains and extension services by supplying quality products for the production of subsistence crops like maize and beans.

This agri-business project brings together different stakeholders to address the shortcomings within the markets and agricultural value chains in Gwassi. This is expected to contribute to an increase in household incomes and improve food security in the region.

The GICEP was initiated in 2014 and in 2016 the economic component began with economic feasibility studies for 15 commodities. Based on the results of the feasibility studies sunflowers and green grams have been identified as promising commodities for agri-business development in the area. We will also be supporting the development of value chains for maize and beans.

These commodities were chosen based on a set of criteria that include the following key aspects: a) risk assessment of business failure, b) inclusion of small scale farmers in business operations, c) contribution to integrated climate smart farming systems and d) financial impact at the household level.

In the next phase of the project we developed business cases to support the selected companies, Wefi and Escope for sunflower and green grams respectively. Supporting these companies is vital. They will serve as links to improved markets, implement operational models of scale, and provide services to smallholders such as extension services and support in organization and logistics (warehousing) for the supply of quality seeds.

Moreover, a network of agro-dealers will be established to link quality distributors. This network will help develop input supply chains and extension services by supplying quality products for the production of subsistence crops like maize and beans.

Finally, this component of GICEP includes an overarching management structure through a program steering team and an external multi-stakeholder platform. A rigorous planning, monitoring, evaluations and learning system will also be developed to measure the change in income and food security.

The total budget of the project is estimated at almost € 4 Million Euros for a period of 5 years (2016-2020).