Building Resilience among Agro-Pastoralists for sustainable livelihoods project
The project is funded by Dan Church Aid (DCA) and aims at improving resilience among vulnerable small-scale agro-producers in West Pokot County. It is a 2 year project whose first year of implementation ended in December 2019 and the second year began in January 2020.
The project has been implemented in 3 project areas based in 3 Sub-Counties in West Pokot.
- Cheptany -Pokot North
- Chepkobegh -Pokot south
- Masol- Pokot Central
Goals & Objectives
The main objective was to enhance food and nutrition security as well as generating sustainable livelihoods of the target beneficiaries in the 3 sub-counties of West Pokot. Major progress made in the realization of the above whereby beneficiary households have been organized, trained, and facilitated to engage in project activities. So far major developments include;
- A 10acre pasture establishment in Cheptany breeding center in Pokot North to support the livestock component and contribute to food and livelihood enhancement of the target beneficiaries. Replication on the same has been done as evidenced by 68 Households who established a quarter-acre pasture each.
- Simple storage units have been constructed by pastoralists and have been used to store livestock fodder for use during the dry periods. From data collected during monitoring visits by the ADS M&E department, there is evidence to show that there was improved livestock management and feeding during the drier periods.
- There is improvement in trading skills and income through revolving loan support which has boosted businesses of the 21 poultry, honey, and goat groups. From the group business records, there is evidence that in the six months of their trading, they were able to make up to 50% profit on average.
- Training has been successfully conducted, vegetable production using available technologies, and preservation is embraced by the community members. Project introduction of the drip kit system, multi-story gardens, and solar drier became a plus in improving food security at the household level. One group in Nge’ngechwo Nakwapuo village in Pokot North operated on a common vegetable plot which thrived due to motivation amongst group members to succeed.