Most of the communities we serve have a food poverty of 77%. This is mainly related to overdependence on pure pastoralism as their main source of their livelihood which is highly susceptible to shocks related to weather (frequent drought spells and floods) in the wake of climate change. Food insecurity presents itself in all three forms, from poor access to food, unavailability and instability where majority of the people depend on relief food provided by the national and, county government as well as stakeholders such as Nongovernmental and Faith Based Organizations. For a decades the areas have been marginalized, seen as non-productive.
The availability of food in the County is compromised by factors
that include poor rainfall performance, unsustainable natural resource management, cultivation
of drought resistant crops, lack of knowledge on resilient farming practices, lack of access
to markets, incidence of livestock/crop diseases and conflicts over arable land and grazing
areas. Over 80% of the land in the County is non-arable (22,000 km2) and is used for grazing
by pastoral communities who constitute majority of the population. Only 1,497 hectares are
under food crops production.
We aim to contribute to lasting improvements in food nutrition security through the implementation of water conserving farming techniques, increasing access to drought resistant seeds, increasing access to heat reducing and water conserving farming infrastructure i.e. Shade nets, green house, kitchens gardening methods. To address the aspects of knowledge, we are training and encouraging