Given the high potential for productive land use, dedication to red bean production already in place, and organized seed cooperatives, CARE and its partners identified the Loka Abaya woreda of SNNPR as a prime location to facilitate a red bean value chain strengthening process for the PSNP Plus project.
Through the ADAPT project, CARE is using a marketbased approach to develop a sustainable network of 500 rural agro dealers, which will provide 91,000 smallholder farmers with access to a range of highquality, affordable agricultural inputs and improved technologies.
Elizabeth Akinyi moved to Rusinga Island on Kenya’s corner of Lake Victoria as a newly married young woman in the 1980s. She notes that before she participated in CARE’s Dak Achana project in 2004, “we were hungry through almost the whole year.” After her husband left for teacher training in Nairobi, she often had trouble affording vegetables or growing enough maize to supplement her family’s meals of fish from her days spent “pulling nets” on the lake. Food insecurity was a daily reality for her and her children.