Marakwet Highland Farmers Association (MHFA) is a farmer organization operating in Marakwet East and West sub-counties of Elgeyo-Marakwet County. Specifically, the coverage includes the following wards: Kapyego, Lelan, Moiben/Kuserwo, Cherangany/Cheborowa and Sengwer.
The association was formed in 2013, to voice farmers’ challenges, mainly marketing of farm produce, environmental degradation and developing linkages with actors for service provision. The association envisions “a poverty free society and a well conserved environment”.
The organization promotes Irish potatoes as the main value chain in the region. This is done through capacity building of farmers on best agronomical practices, linkages to crop specific fertilizers, agrochemicals and finance, collective actions on Irish potato marketing and enactment of policy governing Irish potato in Elgeyo-Marakwet.
Other smaller value chains promoted include maize, coffee, etc. To complement the above value chains, the association promotes adoption of sustainable agricultural land management practices (SALMs) to improve productivity and environmental conservation.
It also promotes village saving and loaning (VSL) methodology in groups to easy access to financial services. In all its interventions, the MHFA applies human right based approach (HRBA) to development, gender equality and fair resource allocation strategy (FRAS).