From June 2021 to June 2023, GIZ, which works on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has commissioned sequa to implement the project. The aim is to support smallholder family farms and SMEs in Western Kenya throgh the use of innovative mechanisation solutions to increase sustainability in the management of their farms.
It is expected that the management of 2400 smallholder farms will improve through better access to mechanisation and training. In addition, the project will introduce new services for women and youth farmers in the machinery rings, such as rental of climate-smart tools.
The project supports the establishment of machinery rings at two locations with expert advice from the Bundesverband der Maschinenringe e.V. (Federal Association of Machinery Rings). These member-based agricultural self-help organisations represent the adapted mechanisation of agriculture as a core concern. In addition, machinery rings work in the placement of labour, logistics within the framework of agricultural value chains, advisory services on agricultural business organisation and advisory and information service providers in the field of further education and training for their members.