KENYA: Village-based Advisor helping farmers improve yields and increase incomes
Martha Murugi Thuo is a Village Based Advisor/ Agro-dealer (VBA/VBAD) from Gathanje Village, Githunguri Sub County in Kiambu County, Kenya. Through AGRA supported program, she was recruited as a VBA in 2019, trained and given maize sample seeds for demonstrations. Through utilizing the knowledge acquired during the training, she has seen a remarkable change in her maize yields from 45kgs to 315kgs in a 0.125 acreage of land thus improving food security in her household. She has also started an agro-dealer shop where she serves farmers with her village and beyond by selling to them appropriate maize varieties for their area. Her average income from sale of surplus maize is KES 4,500 and the average proceeds from her agro-dealer shop is approximately KES 12,500 per season. She is looking forward to enlarging her shop and serving more farmers by selling to them appropriate inputs while constantly training them on GAPs.