Water-Wise: Smart Irrigation Strategies in KENYA



Over the last ten years, Kenya has significantly increased the area under irrigation, largely due to strong policy innovations and programmatic interventions as well as an active role of the private sector in the dissemination of smart irrigation technologies. However, the potential to expand the share of arable land under irrigation remains high. 

In 2010, Kenya had an estimated total area equipped for irrigation of 150,570 hectares (ha). Although the 2018 Biennial Review Report by the African Union revealed that Kenya is not on track to meet Malabo Commitment area #3.1, “Access to agriculture inputs and technologies,” given its score of 5.43 out of 10, which falls just below the 2017 minimum score of 5.53, the score reflects good progress. According to data on three-year averages, Kenya increased the area under irrigation by about 37 percent between 2002/2004 and 2012/2014. Currently, the share of arable land equipped for irrigation accounts for just 2.6 percent.

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