Kenya Feed the Future
Innovation Engine

Supporting the scale-up of innovative solutions to food insecurity and poverty

From 2012 to 2017 , Land O’Lakes International Development worked to identify, foster and bring to scale innovative, market-driven solutions to food insecurity, under-nutrition and poverty through the Feed the Future Kenya Innovation Engine. Under the Feed the Future Initiative, this USAID-funded program operated in a manner similar to a venture capital fund by providing targeted financial support and tailored technical assistance to enable the adoption of select agricultural innovations that are well-positioned to leverage additional funding to become fully sustainable in the market.

As of July 2015, Feed the Future Kenya Innovation Engine had invested over $1.2 million in the form of grants to support the growth of 17 innovations. The innovators consisted of 13 private sector firms, three departments in two academic institutions, and one research institution working in the horticulture, livestock and staple food crop value chains. Their innovations already had benefited over 17,000 smallholder farmer households in 13 Feed the Future counties in Kenya. In addition, the program leveraged over $676,000 in new private sector investment and facilitated 12 public-private partnerships.