Strengthening Agricultural Input and Output Market in Africa (SAIOMA)
This initiative will improve farmers’ access to markets, increase their earnings, and improve the livelihood and well-being of their families. SAIOMA is a three-year Global Development Alliance between USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is also being implemented in Kenya and Zambia.
SAIOMA will benefit 100,000 smallholder farmers and 550 agro-dealers in six districts in four counties in Eastern Kenya. Agricultural Markets Development Trust (AGMARK) will lead a consortium made up of the Cereal Growers Association (CGA), and Cooperative Consultancy Insurance Agency (CCIA) to implement the project. “The SAIOMA initiative is timely because it addresses a real need in the agriculture value chain, of ensuring that farmers have access to necessary inputs to raise their productivity and they are facilitated to increase their overall earnings from agriculture. This venture is a win-win for all partners involved,” said Karen Freeman, USAID Mission Director in Kenya.