About FARMIS Kenya

Mission

To reinvent the way Farmers carry out record keeping.

Vision

To be the leading provider of ICT business solutions for Farmers in East Africa.

Background of FARMIS Kenya


• Agriculture supports about 80% of entire Kenyan population

• It contributes 25% of GDP

• Source of almost 90% of all food needs

• Single biggest livelihood option

• Mainly rain-fed and is entirely dependent on the bimodal rainfall

• Predominantly small-scale farming (averaging 0.2–3 ha)

• Frequent droughts, crops fail in 1 out of 3 seasons.

• 60% of farmers make less that $1.5 p.d.

• Fertilizer use is about 1.7 kg/acre (global average is 60 kg/acre)

• In 1971, 1 tractor for every 1700 farmers (1 in 4000 in Brazil). Now, 1 tractor for every 42000 farmers (in Brazil 1 tractor for 4 farmers)

• Allegory of the plough vs hoe

• Farmers are victims of inappropriate policies and project interventions

• Wrong assumptions about resilience of the farming systems

• Limited understanding of the linkages between the assets possessed, livelihood strategies pursued and the livelihood outcomes achieved

• Climatic variability creates uncertainty about the future sustainability of farming system

• No accurate data about what is produced, where it is, how much it is, etc

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