Kenya - Small-scale Horticulture Development Project (SHDP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 05 Sep 2007
Signature Date 26 Nov 2007
Planned Completion Date 30 Sep 2016
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Sep 2016
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 15,219,977.71
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed Small-scale Horticulture Development Project (SHDP) supports Kenya’s vision and current development strategy that focuses on growth and poverty reduction as articulated in the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation (ERS). The project will focus on improving horticultural crop production through rehabilitation and expansion of irrigation infrastructure in selected existing gravity-fed surface irrigation schemes. Apart from improved irrigation infrastructure, the project will also focus on improved production and post-harvest handling technologies, market accessibility, financial services and capacity building. The project will contribute to achievement of core MDG objectives of poverty alleviation and sustainable development and promoting gender equality and empowerment of women through their involvement in project activities. The project will comprise 3 components namely: (i) Irrigation and Infrastructure Development (ii) Farmer Support and (iii) Project Coordination. It will be implemented over a period of 6 years with an estimated total cost, including contingencies, is UA 19.75 million.

Project Objectives

The overall sector goal of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction and food security in rural Kenya. The specific objective is to increase household incomes of small-scale horticultural producers in the project area through increased production of horticultural products and enhanced marketing.


The 8 project districts have a total population of about 4,428,519 people out of which 52% are women. Although the irrigation schemes will directly benefit 5,812 households (35,000 people), it is estimated that more than 1,000,000 people in the 8 districts will indirectly benefit from the irrigation schemes, horticultural production and marketing, income generating activities, catchment conservation and extension services.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministry of Agriculture


IATI identifier 46002-P-KE-AAZ-002
Last Update 15 Apr 2021


Contact Details

Name MAINA Onesmus Waweru

Geographic Location

Country Kenya
Coordinates Location Name
-1.282 37.408 Machakos District
0.99 35.55 Marakwet District
-2.131 36.878 Kajiado District
-0.696089 37.6861 Mbeere District
-0.484025 36.1713 Nakuru District
-1.24076 35.7356 Narok District
-0.32684 37.6608 Meru South District