Decreasing poverty and strengthening food security at the Kenyan coast through development of livelihoods and sustainable sea resource utilisation.

The Project seeks to address food insecurity in one of the 10 poorest areas of Kenya. The poverty level in Kilifi county is over 68% of the population, while majority of them are fishermen and farmers. The food insecurity is caused by several factors:
  • Terrestrial: under-utilised potential of agricultural sector such as low yields and poor soil management of small scale farmers, low diversity of income generating activities, inadequate utilisation of harvested crops (food waste) and poor access to the markets.
  • Aquatic: as the project area is at the shores of Indian Ocean, it is highly influenced by depleted sea waters. The main contributors to food insecurity are overfishing and degradation of natural sea resources.

The aim of the project is to increase food security and to reduce the poverty level through agricultural development and sustainable natural resource utilisation at the Kenyan coast.

Specific objectives are:

  • Increased food production in households and schools through animal husbandry, beekeeping, ecological farming, cottage food industry and food value addition.
  • Increased food production in communities and villages through mariculture in ponds and sustainable natural resource utilization of mangrove forests.

The following are the targets for the project results:

  • Households have achieved food sovereignty and financial self-sufficiency through rabbits rearing, beekeeping and ecological farming.
  • Schools are knowledgeable and technically equipped to provide continuous education on chicken and rabbit rearing as well as cottage food industry and food value addition.
  • Communities have achieved food sovereignty and financial self-sufficiency through marine animals rearing in ponds and are reducing their pressure on wild population of marine animals.
  • Villages are utilising natural resources of mangrove forests sustainably and there is a potential of financial mechanism from Plan Vivo system certificates selling.

Implementation activities include:

Theoretical training for selected households’ members connected with practical demonstration and workshops to understand all details of each topic. These will be followed by several mentorship programs directly in households’ localities and technical assistance while the households will be establishing own animal husbandry units. Excursions to private model beekeeping farms as well as participation on school open days.

Practical mentorship training for teachers and students directly at school farms. Final evaluation ceremony of school competition and organization of school open days.

Theoretical training for communities connected with practical demonstration at model ponds followed by technical assistance while the communities will be establishing and upgrading own ponds. Establishment of fish hatchery and feeds production unit. Arranging of transport containers for fingerlings and cool boxes for long term storage.

Together with villages participatory preparation of community plan of mangrove forest resources utilization for Plan Vivo system – it consist from several technical documents (PIN, PDD, Monitorovací plán), validation by external auditor and successful registration. Further there will be half-year report for Plan Vivo, training for community leaders on monitoring and reporting to Plan Vivo, training for community leaders on how to raise awareness campaigns about sustainable mangrove forest resources utilization. Awareness campaigns in 13 villages.

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