BAYER – Crop, Livestock and Health Development Project (2017-2018)
Anglican Development Services North Rift Region, in Partnership with the County Government of West Pokot with support from BAYER East Africa, implemented Crop, Livestock and Health Development Project in West Pokot County. The project aimed at improving income and livelihood diversification for 8,000 people living in poverty and exclusion in West Pokot County through bulking of farm produce, livestock farming and health and sanitation.
West Pokot County is one among the 6 Counties ADS-NR engages in facilitating community development processes. It lies in Rift Valley province of Kenya. It borders Turkana County to the North, Baringo to the East, ElgeyoMarkwet, Trans Nzoia to the South, and the Republic of Uganda to the West. The residents of West Pokot are herders and also practice mixed farming.
Based on the available statistic West Pokot is rated among the poor Counties of Kenya mainly because of scarce resource and opportunities. West Pokot County has poverty index of 68.7% according to West Pokot 2013 CIDP county fact sheet. This contributes to the national poverty index by 2.1%. The main source of household income in West Pokot is from Agriculture and livestock which contributes by 84% county income while 69% of the total populations face food insecurity (CIDP 2013).
OBJECTIVE 1: CROPS DEVELOPMENT
- To promote livelihood diversification for 8,000 people living in poverty and exclusion in West Pokot County especially smallholder farmers through availability of clean, high quality and improved planting materials
OBJECTIVE 2: LIVESTOCK DEVELOPMENT
- To Improve household income for livestock keepers and increase awareness on improved breeding stock
OBJECTIVE 3: HEALTH COMPONENT
To Improve household uptake of health and sanitation information on good practice to reduce effects of FGM on girls and women as well as reduce diseases associated with hygiene and sanitation.
RESULTS UNDER OBJECTIVE 1:
- 2,300 households representing over 13,800 people diversified their food sources thus improving their nutritional intake. Reduction of hunger months by 30%.
- Enhanced self-esteem and confidence among the household members in farming practices
- The establishment of 7 demonstration plots saw replication of the farming techniques learned.
- Increased income where household members are able to sale excess produce from the demo plot and bulking sites thus enhancing availability of disposable income.
- 300 households received free samples of potato and cassava planting materials for bulking at their farms. Clean planting/propagation materials are now available within reach.
- 1,200 households benefited directly from the Irish potatoes planting materials and bananas hardened from the shade nets. Through bulking, clean planting materials have been increased from 800kg to 2400kg.
- Increased capacity of farmers to engage in modern farming through 20 trained Trainer of Trainers (TOTs). Each TOT is attached to save a community unit.
- Enhanced engagement of the relevant County departments which will lead to sustained provision of technical expertise to the farmers.
RESULTS UNDER OBJECTIVE 2:
- Enhance capacity of Field extension officers to deliver services
- Support in terms of livestock production and veterinary tools which improved service delivery and enhanced livestock production
- Community members benefited from the breeding centers where the improved Galla goats, doper sheep and Sahiwal cows were being used to improve their local breeds.
- The fingerlings from the fish ponds improved fish farming by the community members which was expected to greatly enhance their livelihoods.
- Enhanced involvement of the relevant County departments which was expected to equip the livestock farmers with skills on livestock breeding and management.
RESULT UNDER OBJECTIVE: 3
- Enhanced hygiene and sanitation practices among community members.
- Enhanced awareness on the negative effects of harmful cultural practices like FGM and early marriages.
- Increased awareness and access to medical services by community members.
- The academic performance of learners from the 5 schools improved due to improved sanitation facilities and general learning environment.
- Establishment of ablution block at St. Francis School for the visually impaired which also raised awareness on the needs of the disadvantaged in the society and many stakeholders promised to provide necessary support
- 1 classroom constructed in Cheptany – Kodich war
- Community water project rehabilitated to serve 200 households
- Improved collaboration with the county and other stakeholders which will ensure that community members adopt good cultural practices
- Hygiene sanitation practices as well as access health services.