Kenya is a low-income food deficit country with certain areas, in Central Kenya that has been experiencing environmental degradation and as a result chronic food insecurity. The high national rate of chronic malnutrition of reflects Kenya’s poor food security status. This continues to threaten livelihood of many citizens.
In Kandara where the project targets, cyclical droughts exacerbate the vulnerability of households resulting in the highest rates of chronic malnutrition . The situation is exacerbated by negative coping strategies employed by some of the most vulnerable, (reducing the number of meals eaten, selling assets, male members of the family migrating in search of labor), and more worse situation especially to the HIV/AIDS infected and affected households.
It’s is therefore important to seek ways of assisting our guardians through:
•Promotion of high value drought tolerant crop species and varieties through crop production and post harvest management to maximize their production of food for their own consumption and the children and even sell the surplus to get some income to meet other needs.
•Training guardians to fully utilize the small pieces of land they own using the available materials in the farm for manure to enhance production.
•Enhancement of natural resource management through soil and water conservation by construction of soil structures using catchments approach.
•Empower PLWAs (people living with Aids) and OVCs to start small kitchen gardens for their nutritional needs; this is a key area especially to the guardians who have very small pieces of land.
•Enhance them to acknowledge and understand their potential as guardians and accept their responsibility in raising their children, hence the more reason they should ensure they feed them with ease.
Ensuring that our guardians have strengthened their collective resilience to external shocks affecting food security hence will increase their chances of survival and of their children.Can you help us in this noble project? Will appeciate you funding us.