Kenya - Kimira-Oluch Smallholder Irrigation Development Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 31 May 2006
Signature Date 14 Jul 2006
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2016
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2016
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 24,132,324
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Kamira-Oluch Smallholder Farm Improvement Project will develop two irrigation schemes which will improve land productivity and substantially increase smallholder farmers’ average income. It supports Kenya’s current development strategy that focuses on growth and poverty reduction articulated in the ERSWC. The project will focus on agriculture intensification through developing irrigation infrastructure, empowering farmers to own and manage their schemes and improve productivity. It will focus on the following activities: a) Irrigation Scheme Development and Management; b) Marketing and Extension; and c) Project Coordination. The introduction of irrigation will help to increase the yields of the traditional crops and introduce new crops. Irrigation will also enable farmers to produce crops throughout the year, especially in the dry season when prices are high and when the region suffers from food-insecurity. The Project will be implemented over a period of 6 years, starting from September 2006 with a total cost estimated at UA 27.77 million.

Project Objectives

The sector goal is to enhance sustainable income levels for the rural households and thus help in alleviating poverty. It is also to improve agricultural production and productivity and the value of produce for poverty reduction and improve rural livelihoods in Kenya. The objectives are to develop sustainable and environmentally friendly smallholder irrigation schemes in the Kimira and Oluch sites and to increase household income and food security through irrigated smallholder agriculture.


The project will cover two districts of Homa Bay and Rachounyo which have a total of about 400,000 households. Though the irrigation scheme will directly benefit 3,000 households, more than 400,000 households in the two Districts will benefit from the marketing and extension activities. The average household size is 4.8 persons. About 66% of the households have 4 members or more and about 40% of the households are female-headed out of which 30% will fully participate in Project activities though they rarely inherit land.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Lake BASIN Development Authority


IATI identifier 46002-P-KE-AAZ-001
Last Update 15 Apr 2021


Contact Details

Name MAINA Onesmus Waweru

Geographic Location

Country Kenya
Coordinates Location Name
-0.666 34.481 Homa Bay District
-0.44 34.739 Rachuonyo