Watering a New Partnership: DIG & AGRISS

In 2017, DIG embarked in a new partnership in Western Kenya. After closing-out our programs with Lwala Community Alliance, DIG engaged in a partnership with Agricultural Improvement Support Services (AGRISS) in Homa Bay County.

AGRISS is supported by the McKnight Foundation to establish and harness a Farmer Research Network for Agricultural Technology Development, Testing and Dissemination in Western Kenya.  DIG is excited to be a part of this network and continue our work to improve horticulture production and nutrition for smallholder farmers.

After initial stakeholder meetings with AGRISS, Marindi Hospital, and the local Ministry of Agriculture, DIG identified several young mothers and HIV positive support groups to expand our Mobile Farmer Field School program.  DIG also started a priority household initiative to work with vulnerable families with malnourished children under the age of 5. 

IG will be graduating our first Mobile Farmer Fields Groups this month.  In addition to seeing an immediate transformation of the land, we are also seeing strong adoption rates of sustainable agriculture practices and large increases in farmers who are both selling and consuming a variety of horticulture crops.

Our team in Western Kenya is excited and motivated to continue this important work and the expansion of our programming.