Kiini Sustainable Initiative (KISI) is a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) that was established in 2003 and registered in December 2007 under Section 10 of the NGO Coordinating Act. The organization has its head office in Central province - Nyeri district, Kenya. Although the NGO’s operations are currently limited to a few selected pockets in the province, the long-term plan is to extend to other parts of the country. It has expertise in the relevant thematic areas including agriculture, community empowerment, drug and substance abuse experts, and trainers in decentralised financial services.
KISI’s interventions are aimed at improving livelihoods through increased farm productivity, and finding solutions that will transform the agricultural sector in a multi-sectoral approach. KIINI is a key partner to most government programs that promote similar agenda and has embraced a multidisciplinary approach. It has embraced the Value Chain approach to ensure that all the links contributing to the complete food chain are involved. In addition to the food security objective, KIINI aims at enhancing farmers’ access to rural based financial services and other cross cutting issues such as; promoting good governance and accountability; youth and Gender Empowerment, HIV/AIDs awareness prevention support systems; and Environmental effects mitigation.
Although many NGOs have made commendable success towards improving livelihoods for the rural poor a lot still remains to be done. The rural communities remain vulnerable to hunger and disease with a majority living on less that 2 USD a day. This is mainly due to low agricultural productivity arising from poor weather conditions characterised by prolonged droughts, and eratic rainfall, leading to frequent crop failures. Adverse effects on the climate with little mitigation efforts has also contributed to this state of helplessness for the majority of beneficiaries. Women play a key role in agricultural production, as they contribute more than 70% of the farm labour force. Good agricultural technologies have also not targeted women to the much needed capacity, thus greatly undermining their full potential. Other factors contributing to low productivity include; poor knowledge on appropriate agricultural technologies, high cost of inputs thus limiting their use, few irrigation systems and the absence of enabling institutions and other facilitating factors.
At total of 1500 community members will be equipped with farming skills for high production thus improved livelihood.