In August 2017, AHT GROUP AG in association with Bhundia Associates from Nairobi, launched Phase IV of the Smallholder Irrigation Program Mount Kenya (SIPMK) Region on behalf of the Kenyan Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI). With its volcanic soils, lush vegetation, and relatively humid and cool climate, the Mount Kenya Region is one of the most fertile areas of the country. However, this high agricultural potential is not fully tapped. The KfW-funded SIPMK aims to increase agricultural productivity by providing farmer cooperatives with credit facilities to develop, operate and maintain their own irrigation schemes. The target area of the project comprises the counties of Kirinyaga, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, and Meru.
AHT implemented the SIPMK Phases I to III between 2005 and 2015. During this period, 19 schemes irrigating more than 2,000 ha were handed over to the farmer cooperatives. The additional irrigation capacities are benefitting more than 6,000 smallholder households. In its fourth phase, SIPMK will continue its successful approach and empower farmers to increase their production, to ensure food security, and raise household incomes.