Improving livelihoods

The project aims to support two rural farming communities, situated in a sub-district of Kisauni District, Mombasa. It will implement the Haller Approach, a five-stage holistic model that enables vulnerable communities to restore their soils, build capacity, achieve economic security and improve the environment. The first stage ensures that communities achieve water security and have access to sanitation. The second stage delivers “climate-smart” farmer training at a demonstration training farm and in the community. Stage three introduces more advanced farming methods, with the help of a smartphone-based farming manual, The Haller Farmers App, aimed at improving yields and enabling communities to earn an income. Women will also be trained in income-generating activities. The final two stages, delivered throughout the project, focus on women and children and consist of community training in disease prevention, nutrition, hygiene and family planning.

Founded in 2004, the Haller Foundation is a British charity. Its work is based on the techniques of Dr. René Haller, a Swiss environmental and tropical agronomy specialist. Its mission is to improve the livelihoods of farming communities in Africa.


Health / Environment / Community Development / Education


December 2015 – December 2020


Mwakirunge region / Kenya

With whom

The Haller Foundation



49.7 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,460/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
36% (2015)

Literacy rate
79% (2016)

Human Development Index
142nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Kenya’s macro-economic conditions have progressed over the past decade, improving the welfare of its population. However, a quarter of its population lives in urban informal settlements, arid and semi-arid rural areas and remain vulnerable to poverty, conflict, structural underdevelopment and disease. Even though national absolute poverty has declined overall, it remains high compared with neighbouring countries. Primary school enrolment has reached 100%. Access to household services such as electricity, improved drinking water and sanitation has steadily increased, even though coverage remains low (23%, 47% and 33% respectively). Youth unemployment and vulnerability to climate change remain key challenges.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.