Transfer of Indian farm and food processing machinery to promote food security in Kenya.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) will transfer three types of low-cost mechanization and processing equipment to Kenya viz. Honey Bee Frugal Tiller, Honey Bee Frugal Food processing machine and Honey Bee Frugal Dibbler. SRISTI and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology will demonstrate and diffuse these technologies and promote local manufacturing to ensure long-term sustainability.

This program is aimed at replicating the Indian success in the adoption of grassroots innovations for farm mechanization in Africa. Based on a comprehensive assessment and the need for technology intervention to improve agricultural productivity in Kenya, SRISTI will promote agriculture equipment developed by Indian grass-roots innovators to address the food security challenges. The work done by SRISTI in the last 25 years to promote grassroots innovations demonstrates the sustainable Indian business model. In order to replicate this success, SRISTI will catalyze the transfer of three technological interventions in three major areas: (a) Planting - Honey Bee Dibbler; (b) Cultivation - Honey Bee Tiller (also termed as “Bullet Santi”); and (c) Post-harvest processing of farm produce - Honey Bee Food Processing Machine. The program which has been funded by USAID is going to take place over three years starting from October 1, 2013.

Program Goals and Objectives:

The program will increase small holder farmer’s access to technology, build the capacity of individual farmers, producers groups and entrepreneurs in production, marketing, application and management of proposed technologies and foster enabling environment to ensure sustainability. This program also supports USAID India’s objective of sharing Indian agriculture innovations that address constraints to agriculture sector productivity and enhance climate resilience, will foster enabling environment, and expand markets and trade. The overall goal of this program is to improve agricultural productivity and food security in Africa by fostering agriculture mechanization among the small-holder farmers using Indian grassroots innovations.

  • Promote the use of machinery in agriculture to reduce power for increasing agricultural productivity;
  • Foster a conducive environment for adoption of Indian innovation in agriculture mechanization in Kenya;
  • Promote learning and exchange of Indian experience and best practices to support food security in select Kenya

Transfer Three Technological Interventions

United States and India Help Improve Farming in Africa - Press Release - 30th Oct, 2013