Drought in Kenya: Agricultural Sector
Extreme drought puts pressure on many farmers in Ukambani and Marsabit. In september 2011 Welthungerhilfe started a project for more food security in this region. Read more! (2012)
Brief description of the project
The BMZ/GIZ-funded project "Drought response in the Agricultural Sector in Ukambani & Marsabit"1, implemented by Welthungerhilfe, addressing the negative impacts of the drought for highly vulnerable farming households (HH) in the North Eastern (Marsabit) and Ukambani (Makueni, Kitui, und Mwingi) area by improving the food security of the beneficiaries. The principal objective of this project is to secure the survival of the direct target population by increasing their nutritional capacities and by strengthening their recovery from the drought as well as the coping mechanisms of both Districts. The project focuses on supporting communities in the provision of drinking water by construction and rehabilitation of earth dams/pans and the beneficiaries' ability to maintain them in the protection and improvement of agricultural and dry land management.The project targets a total of 23,700 households of the operational area Ukambani and Marsabit County.In Ukambani households have been provided with drought-tolerant seeds and received specific dry-land agriculture trainings and have received and installed energy saving cooking stoves. Poor, severely drought-affected households in the semi-arid south-east of the county participate in Cash for Work (CFW) activities and particularly vulnerable families without members fit for work received free cash (FC) hand-outs.In Marsabit County the project target households benefited from assistance regarding slaughter/destocking, deworming/deticking their livestock and received seeds, tools and trainings for the agricultural activities.
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