The majority of 4-H clubs are in the rural areas of Kenya which experience varied levels of food insecurity. We believe that rural youth have a significant role to play in bridging the age gap in food production, as well as in bringing new ideas to transform food systems and agricultural value chains to make them more sustainable in line with the Zero Hunger target of both SDG2 and Kenya’s Big 4 Agenda. Through our experiential learning model, enterprise gardens in schools and communities enable 4-H members to gain hands-on experience in good agricultural practices in selected value chains in line with County and National Government priorities. Enterprise gardens also serve the purpose of transferring accurate weather data, skills, technologies from young people to local farming communities.
4-H prepares young people under the age of 18 years in their school or community 4-H clubs to have the requisite skills to access capital and run successful agribusiness as soon as they graduate from high school or to explore academic courses in the Agricultural sector. At the club level, they not only learn about the dynamic of production but also aspects of agro-economics and the political economy of agriculture within their counties and at a national level, as well as exploring economic opportunities along the value chains through linkages to markets.
4-H Kenya is in partnership with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP), the Regional Centre for Mapping Resources for Development (RCMRD), the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Programme in Kenya and Egerton University, all who provide resource that continuously enable 4-H members to explore various aspects of Sustainable Food Security and Nutrition.
Below is the list of ASDSP priority value chains per county, which guides 4-H club activities in Sustainable Agriculture and enterprise garden activities.