SNV are delighted to announce a new programme for Kenya which will increase water productivity, income and food security by developing climate-smart and market-led ‘smart water' solutions. This six million euro four-year programme is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kenya.

More crop per drop

Kenya Smart Water for Agriculture (SWA) will promote market-led water management solutions to support 20,000 farmers in five counties to increase their yields without increasing their costs. By using less water and energy to decrease their input costs, these small and medium-sized entrepreneurial (SME) farmers are expected to increase the income and profitability of their farms.

Developing a sustainable market for such products by enabling private sector business growth is also an important objective. Therefore the programme will support the development of 'Smart Water' products, processes and services which are financially accessible to SME famers, in particular women,  and which facilitate off-season production. 

Managed by SNV Kenya, the project will be implemented in consortium with Aqua for All, MetaMeta, Practica and KIT (Royal Tropical Institute), and will focus on the following initiatives:

  • Establishing Irrigation Acceleration Platforms that engage and foster collaboration between farmers, suppliers and other stakeholders.
  • Improving the accessibility to and adoption of Smart Water products and services by SME farmers, including an increased range of climate-adaptive and profitable smart water options.
  • Support for better access to finance for SME farmers so they can invest in Smart Water solutions.
  • Increasing access to information about Smart Water solutions, to encourage demand and to support a viable market that is attractive to the private sector.
  • Brokering business linkages between Kenyan and Dutch companies to catalyse investment in Smart Water services, processes and products scaled for SME farmers.



Eligibility criteria

  • The solution must be economically viable either in the form of a social or for-profit business
  • The solution must have a positive impact on the climate, environment and community
  • SMEs must be located in the Ashanti or Western Regions or have operations in the regions (for instance as a source of input or with an operational office). SMEs must have been operating in the Ashanti or Western regions for at least a year
  • The solution must be in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and/or Agriculture sectors
  • The solution must have been developed and ready to go to market (at least a working prototype or demo) or already on the market with existing customers
  • The lead entrepreneur must be between 18-35 years. Women entrepreneurs can be older than 35 but no older than 40 years
  • Priority will be given to businesses led by women-led and/or returning migrants


Financial requirements

  • The GrEEn Challenge Fund will contribute up to €25,000 of the funds needed for the proposed initiative for eight (8) SMEs
  • The SMEs will co-invest on a 20:80 basis with cash and in-kind contributions
  • The SMEs are required to have at least 10% equity as their co-investment. Any in-kind contribution must be specific and directly related to the project
  • The cash contribution can be recently procured direct capital expenditure (equipment, physical assets etc) or project operational expenses


Targeted regions

  • Ashanti and
  • Western regions


Application process

The application process is as follows:

  1. Apply for the GrEEn Innovation Challenge through its online application portal here.
  2. Complete the online application by sharing a link to a 30 seconds (max) video/demo of the business/solutions to before submitting your online application. Video can be uploaded to an accessible cloud drive or on YouTube



Sunday, 25 July 2021 at 23:59 GMT.