Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation (FOSECCA) project (2018-2023)
This project is funded by Bread for the World (BftW) Germany and aims at increasing access to food and promoting Resilience among 10,000 households in West Pokot and Turkana counties as well as increasing the area of rehabilitated land in the hands of 4000 small holder farmers in Nandi and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties. The project is in its second year of implementation. So far some of the achievements include;
- To ensure access to food and promote resilience of 10,000 food insecure households in Turkana and West Pokot Counties is increased, the project mobilized and strengthened the capacity of 6,734 households (3,500 in Turkana and 3,234 in WestPokot) to actively participate in food security initiatives. The baseline survey done in July 2019 revealed that;
- 80% of the households had experienced food shortage in the last one year and80% of the households had experienced food shortage in the last one year and
- the average hunger days for both counties stood at 54.8 days per year.
- To increase the income of target beneficiaries, the project enhanced the capacity of groups to form or join Village saving and loaning activities (VSLA) to enable them save regularly and obtain access to loans that would enable them to accumulate assets and improve their financial security. The purpose was to cushion them in times of shocks and therefore would help them reduce their overall vulnerability.
- To increase the area of rehabilitated land in the hands of 4,000 smallholder farmers in Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties, the project has strengthened the capacity of 79 farmer groups comprising of 50 members per group through skill enhancement on environmental protection and climate change. In both Counties the baseline survey done in July 2019 revealed that 40% (64.38 hectares/ 161 acres) of the arable land is degraded due to human activities and therefore focus has been how to rehabilitate the said land.
- Increased diversification of livelihood sources through Village saving and loaning activities (VSLA). This is eveidenced by;
- A total of 45 VSLA groups have established income generating activities that have helped them save regularly and borrow loans to boost their businesses.
- In Nandi County, 25 groups have accumulated savings of between ksh 100,000 and ksh 150,000 with a loan portfolio of an average ksh 800,000.
- In Elgeyo Marakwet, 20 groups have saved between ksh 50,000 and 90,000 which has been loaned to members.