Smallholder Poultry Agribusiness Development Program (SPADE)
The Centre for African Bio-entrepreneurship (CABE) was commissioned by TechnoServe to evaluate the achievements and impacts made by the Smallholder Poultry Agribusiness Development (SPADE) Program, their contributions and sustainability in relation to the proposed program and lessons learned that can be replicated, adopted by other stakeholders or be used in similar subsequent programs.
SPADE was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Food for Progress program (FFPr) to intervene in order to improve the production level, financial and market access. The program was implemented in Nyanza and Western regions of Kenya between January 2012 and December 2014, with a one-year no-cost extension in 2015. The program focused on Bungoma North, Bungoma South, Lugari, Kakamega Central districts in Western province and Gem, Homabay, Rachuonyo North, Siaya, Rarieda and Kisumu West districts in Nyanza province. The program’s overall goal was to sustainably improve the livelihoods of 12,000 smallholder poultry producers of indigenous chickens, and in doing so help 50,450 individuals to sustainably improve their livelihoods. In order to achieve this goal, the objectives of the SPADE program include: i) Sustainably improve and enhance smallholder farmers poultry production; ii) Enhance access to financial services for smallholder poultry farmers; and, iii) Expand and improve poultry market access for smallholder poultry farmers.