In 1991, a small group of Kenyans sat in a Social place and started a discussion on why Kenyan People are getting poorer. This was happening in the face of generation and spending of enormous human, natural and financial resources. Kenya was (and still is) rated as one of the African countries with a well structured, agricultural research, training, extension and use of mass media. Yet millions of families lacked food and agro income security. In the following meetings that followed, the reason became clear:
Conventional Agriculture approach had come and made its contribution. Farmers in developing countries could no longer continue using high chemical- high cost export only oriented agriculture.
The approach was NOT LOGICAL RELIABLE OR REALISTIC.
Establishment and implementation of Low Cost External Input Agriculture – Results. 17 years later over 40,000 families in Kenya have experienced a dramatic turn around in their household economies.
Farmers can build new houses, children can attend school, families can access medical care and overall family savings and investment secured.
Women have attained leadership skills and become chiefs and opinion shapers in their villages. Government and other development agencies have recognized SACDEP’s S.A approaches as a success case which deserves integration in policies.
SACDEP has achieved a big feet in Kenya. It has created a Logical, realistic and Reliable approach to agriculture.
SACDEP-Kenya is a given leadership by 7 persons Voluntary Board of Trustees. They are all Kenyans with a rich background in Sustainable Agriculture and People’s development.
The Organization undertakes its programmes through 3 interlinked sectors namely:
The CAP Sector is responsible for designing and implementing S.A projects at community level. The sector strives to turn around the lives of 5,000 families every year in over 14 Districts in Kenya.
It obtains funding from small, medium and large funding Institutions and Individual persons.
This sector is responsible of generating project funds through provision of accommodation and administration services. Using SACDEP’s Seminar and Conference facilities in Thika Town, the sector gives some surpluses for small community projects.
Currently, the sector is working towards increasing accommodation space to 80 beds. The goal being to establish an ENDOWMENT FUND.
Over many years of work, the Organization has established that there is not enough qualified personnel with a clear understanding on the Principles and Practices of S.A. As such, it is still difficult to achieve adequate Informing and Influencing Personnel on SA at National level. Undertaking detailed and Scientific Research on S.A also remains a big challenge.