Transforming Lives through Conservation Agriculture

The lives of more than 2,000 households in Tharaka Nithi have been radically transformed by adoption of Conservation Agriculture (CA). Their enhanced food security has improved their livelihoods, boosted their family incomes, and empowered women.

This is the reality that faced Andy Harrington the Executive Director of Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), during a familiarization visit to Tharaka Nithi county, Kenya.

"Previously, I used to harvest 100kg of green grams per acre, but after starting the CA practices, I can manage to harvest 400kg in one acre per season"
Frankline Ngugi
Beneficiary, Chiakariga ward, Tharaka Nithi

The Executive Director of CFGB was on a 2-day field visit to the three wards in the county to gain first hand experience of the implementation and transformation impact of the Conservation Agriculture project in the county.

The NCCK is in consultation with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and The United Church of Canada (UCC), on the feasibility of expanding the project to other wards in Tharaka Nithi, and upscaling to other counties.

Implemented in Tharaka Nithi county, CA is a food security project aimed at enhancing agricultural and food value chains development, enhancing market access and advocating for improved coherence, coordination and accountability on food security matters and food safety.



The project was initiated in 2016 and is reaching 23,000 individuals clustered in 3901 households. It is funded by CFGB through UCC.

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