GGEP Programme

Green Growth and Employment Programme


The Danish government, through Royal Danish Embassy in Kenya, developed a five-year Programme (The Country Programme: 2016 – 2020) that provides a roadmap on how Denmark will provide support to development initiatives in Kenya within that period. The Country Programme builds on lessons learnt, emerging challenges and the opportunities for democratic and economic reforms provided for in the 2010 Constitution.

The Thematic Programme on Green Growth and Employment has a total budget of KES 7.5 billion. The objective is Inclusive greener growth with higher employment. The Thematic Programme focuses it support on two intervention areas: –

  1. Sustainable growth and jobs from investment and trade.
  2. Sustainable use of natural resources and community resilience.

The overall vision for the Programme is to support the Government and people of Kenya in implementing Vision 2030 to create ‘a globally competitive and prosperous country with a high quality of life by 2030’. Importantly to note, the Programme seeks to contribute to ‘inclusive greener growth with higher employment in Kenya’.

It is expected that by the end of the programme, outcomes will be evident with respect to jobs created especially for women and youth, improved competitiveness of targeted businesses and value chains, and improved resource efficiency and access to and uptake of cleaner technology and climate-sensitive solutions.

Project Title: Value Chain Greening and Financing Programme (VCGFP)

The Value Chain Greening and Financing component of the Green Growth and Employment Programme seeks to contribute towards increased sustainable growth and jobs in the agriculture sector, from investment and trade, especially for women and youth. This goal will be realized through improved competitiveness of targeted businesses and value chains in the agriculture sector coupled with improved resource efficiency and increased adoption of clean and climate-sensitive solutions.

MESPT under the GGEP is intervening in five growth-oriented agricultural value chains with significant potential for green growth. MESPT engagement seeks to facilitate growth by enhancing competitiveness of these value chains. The value chains are expected to adopt resource and cost-efficient systems of production enabled by access to tailored credit facilities and non-financial services expected to further enhance resilience. Access to domestic, regional and export markets will be enhanced with increased market demand expected to stimulate increase in primary and secondary production thus job creation and income generation for target Smallholder farmers. The infrastructure that is critical for competitiveness will also be established through public-private partnerships.

The Programme is emphasizing on synergy as a lever to improving market access for the target Smallholder farmers through strategic collaborations

  • 15,000 farmers linked to markets
  • 10,000 Smallholder farmers can access finance for value chain &business development
  • 3,700 Smallholder farmers certified
  • 15,000 Smallholder farmers reached through awareness initiatives on green technologies
  • 4,000 Smallholder farmers can access finance for green techs
  • 75 Smallholder farmers enrolled as local service and input providers for the technologies

Target Value Chains
Nuts, Export Vegetables, Dairy, Passion Fruit, Mango and Avocado

County Involved
The Programme has a nationwide outlook

Project Budget
DKK 70 million

Implementation Period
5 years – From 2016 – 2020

Programme Strategies

  • Creation of market and business linkages created for enhanced value chain and Smallholder farmer profitability
  • Improving access to financial services for value chain and business development
  • Enhancing the certification of Smallholder farmers for domestic and export markets
  • Improving access to resource-efficient, clean and climate-sensitive technologies
  1. Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA)
  2. Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC)
  3. Business Advocacy Fund (BAF)
  4. Ministry of Agriculture
  5. Ministry of Environment
  6. National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)
  7. Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO)
  8. Kenya Plant health inspectorate Service (KEPHIS)
  9. Council of Governors

2016 -2019

Programme Milestones


decent jobs created


Sales turnover achieved


New smallholder farmers engaged and linked to markets


Total production in Metric Tons