GOK Projects Part 1- Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP)
Overview of GOK sponsored Small Scale Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP)

Project background

Initiated by GOK, this project is a scale up of an earlier project titled Small-Scale Horticulture Development Project (SHDP). SHDP noted, among others, the need to involve beneficiaries in design, adopting an integrated catchment approach, development of irrigation command areas and the need for design training. These lessons were holistically incorporated in SIVAP, to make the project what it is today.

General and specific objectives

The general objective of SIVAP is to minimize dependence on rain-fed agriculture through the use of water resources for irrigation under a sustainable environment management model. The specific objectives include the construction of 12 small scale irrigation covering 2,905 hectares spread out in 11 counties to improve the production of high value crops in the counties; improve market access; enhance agro-processing; promote storage and post-harvest handling technologies; improve nutrition and capacity building on small irrigation project development.


By so doing, the project hopes, at the global level, to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals of poverty alleviation, improving food security and nutrition and promotion of sustainable agriculture. At the national level, the project hopes to contribute to the achievement of the Medium Term Plan 2 goal of transforming agriculture into a modern enterprise, and to improve household welfare and income levels. At the conclusion of the project, it is hoped that it will benefit 104,000 farming households and 54,000 direct beneficiaries, with 58 % of these being youth and women in the target 11 counties.

Project components

As noted earlier, the project has several specific objectives, which are split into 4 project components namely enhanced irrigation infrastructure and water development; improved market access and value chain strengthening; institutional strengthening and capacity development; and project coordination and management. The first component is split down further into two components namely irrigation development and rehabilitation; and enhanced soil and water conservation. The latter seeks to rehabilitate 12 irrigation projects across 8 counties, while the former seeks to, among others, develop micro-irrigation schemes, develop water harvesting and storage infrastructure, develop watershed command areas, and erosion control infrastructure, in four counties. The second component on improving market access and strengthening value chains, has two subcomponents namely market access and livelihood enhancement.  The former seeks to create access roads, and marketing facilities across 11 counties, while the latter seeks to provide value additional equipment and capacity building services across the counties. The third component, termed as institutional strengthening and capacity development, has four subcomponents touching on strengthening farmer institutions, promotion of nutrition security, technical assistance and crop & livestock intensification. The fourth and final component, titled project coordination and management, has two subcomponents namely project management and monitoring & evaluation. The component is responsible for overall coordination and tracking the project’s performance.

Project management

Management or the project is covered under component four. Generally, management of the project is at two main levels. At the national level, the project steering committee and the project coordinating unit are responsible for national coordination. At the local levels, project coordination units, county coordination and sub county coordination units work together to achieve project goals. The monitoring and evaluation team, which is part of the project management, comes in to, among others, develop project baselines and conduct situational analysis.


The project has three main financiers namely the Government of Kenya (GOK), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), with each of these stakeholders contributing 10 %, 56 % and 34 % of the overall project costs, respectively.



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