4-H in Kenya

 

4-H Kenya is one of 73 independent country-led 4-H programs committed to the Global 4-H Charter. The early adaptation of 4-H in Kenya was as early as the colonial period as 4-K with the “Kuungana, Kufanya, Kusaidia Kenya” (to unite and work to benefit Kenya) slogan. 4-K clubs existed in every public primary school and their members transitioned to Young Farmers’ Clubs in Secondary Schools, and by the 1990s, the 4-H movement in Kenya was the largest globally, outside North America.

Today, 4-H Kenya is comprised of the Four H Foundation Kenya, a Company Limited by Guarantee incorporated in 2014 under Cap. 486 of the Laws of Kenya, and at least 400 local 4-H clubs in schools, universities, and communities which are supported by partnerships with County and National Governments, (Primarily the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock & Fisheries and the Ministry of Education), the Private Sector and Development partners.

The foundation complements the efforts of County governments and local communities working to re-ignite an interest in Agriculture among the youth by designing and managing quality experiential learning experiences through 4-H clubs. Our programmes are focused on Youth development including career readiness through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Sustainable Agriculture, Healthy Living, and Citizenship.

To date, at least 15,000 youth between the ages of 6 and 30 are members of 4-H in Kenya.